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Heel Pain

Valley Foot and Ankle

Podiatry located in Renton, WA

Heel pain isn’t just any old pain. It can make it nearly impossible to walk, stand, or live your life. If you have sharp, stabbing, burning, or any other kind of heel pain, it’s important to know that it’s not normal — and that there are nonsurgical solutions waiting for you at Valley Foot & Ankle in Renton, Washington. Call the office or use the online booking tool to get started today.

Heel Pain Q & A

What causes heel pain?

There are a variety of possible causes of heel pain. Valley Foot & Ankle often treats:

Plantar fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis causes sharp heel pain. This condition originates in your plantar fascia, the wide fibrous tissue band joining your heel and ball of your foot. Overstretching triggers inflammation, thickening, and microtears in your plantar fascia, leading to severe heel pain that's especially bad when you take the first couple of steps after you wake up.

Baxter’s neuritis

Baxter's neuritis can cause serious heel pain. In this condition, the first branch of your lateral plantar nerve gets pinched, triggering pain. You can also develop ankle pain because of other nerve irritation, including that caused by injury, scarring, or pressure. 

Bursitis

Bursae, the little liquid-filled sacs cushioning your joints, can grow inflamed and cause bursitis. If you have back-of-heel pain, you may have bursitis in the bursae behind your Achilles tendon. 

Systemic disease

Systemic disease like arthritis can trigger heel pain that ranges from dull burning to sharp pain. Ankylosing spondylitis is a rare kind of arthritis that tends to trigger heel pain and other problems. 

No matter the cause, Valley Foot & Ankle can uncover your heel pain triggers and give you fast relief. 

How do you diagnose the cause of heel pain?

First, you’ll describe your heel pain to the Valley Foot & Ankle team. Be as accurate as you can, including:

  • Exact location (bottom of your heel, more on the inside heel, or elsewhere)
  • Specific times of day when the pain happens
  • What the pain feels like

These details help your podiatric care team form an initial diagnosis and determine what kind of advanced testing you need. Valley Foot & Ankle has specialized diagnostic equipment on site, including a high-resolution ultrasound to diagnose plantar fasciitis and other conditions.

What is the best treatment for heel pain?

Valley Foot & Ankle offers cutting-edge treatments that relieve heel pain without surgery, including:

  • Splinting
  • Taping
  • Padding
  • Laser-scanned custom orthotics to relieve pressure and pain
  • Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy to repair damaged tissue
  • Ultrasound-guided injection to relieve pain
  • Radial Shockwave Therapy®  to stimulate your body’s healing response
  • Radiofrequency ablation to disable pain-causing nerves

The Valley Foot & Ankle team uses the treatment or combination of treatments that suits your needs the best. 

Put your heel pain to rest by calling Valley Foot & Ankle or clicking the online booking tool for an appointment today.

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Radial Shockwave Therapy

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Radiofrequency Ablation

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Orthotics

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Bunion

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Plantar Fasciitis

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Heel Pain

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Neuroma

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Nail Conditions

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Diagnostic Ultrasound

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Therapeutic Injections

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Sports Medicine

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Children

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Achilles Tendinitis

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Shin Splints

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Hammertoe

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Athlete's Foot

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Ganglion Cyst

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