Heel Pain Specialist

Brad Hayman, DPM -  - Podiatric Surgeon

Complete Foot & Ankle Care

Brad Hayman, DPM

Podiatric Surgeon located in Prescott, AZ

Heel pain can send stabbing sensations through your feet, making every single step feel like you’re walking on needles. Before your heel pain starts lowering your quality of life, see how double board-certified podiatrist Brad Hayman, DPM, CWS, of Complete Foot & Ankle Care can help. Dr. Hayman offers comprehensive heel pain diagnostic services and treatments right in his Prescott, Arizona, clinic. Schedule your heel pain evaluation by clicking on the online scheduler, or by calling the office directly.

Heel Pain Q & A

What causes heel pain?

With over two dozen bones, multiple joints, and countless connective tissues in each of your feet, a lot of issues can certainly arise and cause pain. One of the most common causes of heel pain is plantar fasciitis. This chronic condition leads to lingering inflammation of your plantar fascia, the long band of connective tissues that link your heel bone to your toes.

Plantar fasciitis isn’t the only cause of heel pain, though, and sometimes you may have more than one condition concurrently. Some of the other possible causes of heel pain include:

  • Achilles tendinitis
  • Bursitis or arthritis
  • Heel spur
  • Stress fracture
  • Tarsal tunnel syndrome

Because heel pain is likely going to worsen with each step you take, it’s important to have a thorough medical evaluation as soon as it begins.

When should I see a podiatrist for heel pain?

Whether heel pain is an occasional nuisance or seems to flare up on a daily basis, Dr. Hayman can help. You should schedule an evaluation at Complete Foot & Ankle Care as soon as possible if you experience:

  • Pain that continues to worsen
  • Numbness or tingling in your heel
  • Inability to point or flex your foot
  • Heel pain after an injury, fall, or trauma
  • Difficulty bearing weight on your heel

Dr. Hayman can gather digital X-ray images right in the office or use an advanced ultrasound system to get a live view of what’s going on inside your foot. After evaluating your images and performing a physical examination, he can often make a diagnosis on the spot and start designing your treatment plan.

How is heel pain treated?

Treating heel pain depends, of course, on the cause. Dr. Hayman usually puts together a care plan that involves several types of therapies, so you can get relief from pain and inflammation, and also begin healing. Your heel pain treatment plan may include:

  • Splinting or bracing
  • Padding or strapping
  • Corticosteroid injections
  • Stretching exercises
  • Shoe modifications
  • Anti-inflammatory medications
  • Custom orthotics or night splints

If conservative heel pain treatments aren’t enough, or if your condition is starting to worsen, Dr. Hayman could suggest surgery. Heel pain surgery, which is typically performed arthroscopically, allows Dr. Hayman to remove or repair damaged tissues, release your plantar fascia, or make any other essential corrections.

Book your heel pain consultation at Complete Foot & Ankle Care today. You can either request an appointment online or over the phone.