Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.


Painful Heel Overview

Another name for Painful Heel is Heel Pain.

What is heel pain?
A person with heel pain has discomfort or pain in the heel along the bottom of the foot that may extend up to the Achilles tendon. Heel pain may be caused by inflammation, infection, arthritis, or foot injury. Plantar fascitis and Achilles tendinitis are the most common causes of pain in the heel of the foot.

What are the symptoms of heel pain?
Symptoms that may occur with heel pain include ankle pain, skin redness, skin swelling, foot swelling, foot bruising, foot tenderness, foot stiffness, foot weakness, foot or toe numbness, and difficulty walking.

How does the doctor treat heel pain?
The treatment for heel pain depends on the underlying cause. Treatment for heel pain may include rest, elevation, cold or warm compresses, crutches, antibiotics, foot splint, narcotic pain medications, corticosteroids, and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications.

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