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About Heel Pain

Heel pain is a serious podiatric condition, yet many people neglect to seek professional help in hopes that the pain will stop on its own. What you may not realize is that this condition occurs in a wide range of forms with varying degrees of severity, and thus there are several different treatment options available. To properly diagnose the source of your heel pain and implement appropriate treatment, your podiatrist at Ankle & Foot Centers of America is here to help.

Heel Pain

Plantar Fasciitis

Often referred to as heel pain syndrome, plantar fasciitis results from an inflamed plantar fascia – a band of tissue on the bottom of your foot. The distinguishing characteristics of this ailment are its occurrences when you first stand up in the morning and after long periods of continuously sitting down. Fortunately, this form of heel pain can be successfully treated with non-surgical procedures approximately 90% of the time. Our page on plantar fasciitis contains detailed information on the condition and its treatment options.

Achilles Tendonitis

Achilles tendinitis is an overuse injury of the Achilles tendon, the band of tissue that connects calf muscles at the back of the lower leg to your heel bone. It causes pain along the back of the leg, normally near the heel.Achilles Tendinitis commonly occurs in runners, middle aged people who play sports, such as tennis or basketball. The repetitive stress to the tendon is the problem. Achilles tendinitis can weaken the tendon, making it vulnerable to a tear which is a painful injury that usually requires surgical repair.

Pediatric Heel Pain

Unfortunately, children are equally prone to heel pain in one or both of their feet, particularly between 8 and 12 years of age. This age group often becomes seriously involved in sports while the growth plate in the back of their heel is still in the process of development. Excessive strain on the growth plate can cause inflammation, which can be highly uncomfortable for the child. The quickest and most reliable way to alleviate your child’s pain is ice, rest, and a break from strenuous activities.

In less common cases, pediatric heel pain can be attributed to a neuritis or nerve injury, stress fracture, bone cyst, foreign body, painful wart or other skin condition, and trauma.

When to Seek Treatment for Heel Pain

Regardless of the type of heel pain that you are experiencing, it is best to discuss the problem with your podiatrist and determine the root cause of your or your child’s pain. Our expert team of podiatrists at Ankle & Foot Centers of America specialize in the treatment of heel pain, providing us with the required knowledge to create a treatment plan based on each patient’s distinct needs.

Jenna Kemp
Jenna Kemp
2023-12-12
I've posted a review a few times and can't seem to find them! Dr. Monaco is by far the best podiatrist there is! I had been seeing another podiatrist in Columbus, who'd done 3 surgeries, all 3 messing my foot up worse, with the 3rd one leaving my first and second toes in the shape of a peace sign! I was constantly told by the previous podiatrist that everything was fine and lined up the way it was supposed to be. I had my first surgery with Dr. Monaco in August and it was the best decision I've made! She is by far the best! Truly compassionate about what she does! Very knowledgeable! Truly cares about her patients! If you're in need of a podiatrist give Dr. Monaco q call! ❤️
James Tully
James Tully
2023-11-21
Very pleasant staff, great doctor.
Charlotte Carter
Charlotte Carter
2023-11-17
Very competent and comfortable doctor ! The staff is friendly and helpful ! Best Podiatrist I've ever been to !
Christopher G
Christopher G
2023-10-31
I was very impressed with Dr. Monaco this was my first visit. All the office staff was so nice as well as my nurse. I had came to Dr Monaco after being very unhappy with the prior Dr I had seen for my ankle injury. Dr. Monaco was very through with her exam and I think I finally got a good idea of what my issue is. Although I do need some further imaging test. Overall I am so glad I decided to see her, I didn't feel rushed at all and she answered all my questions. I'm sure I will have several more visits with her and overall I am well pleased. I highly recommend her to anyone who's having any foot or ankle issues.
George Rindfleisch
George Rindfleisch
2022-10-24
A very positive experience. To be seen by a qualified professional who gets to the heart of your problem quickly and in a friendly manner is always a plus in my book.
BRYAN CARROLL
BRYAN CARROLL
2022-10-24
Dr. D’Amico is always a pleasure to see. She is a blessing. Thank you Dr. D.
J Marie
J Marie
2022-09-15
Staff promot and cordial. Provider took time to explain details of what I was there for and very pleasant to speak with.

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