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Heel Pain Specialist

Integrity Foot & Ankle Center, LLC

Patrick M. Qualtire, DPM

Podiatrist & Ankle and Foot Surgeon located in Cumming, GA

Every year, about two million Americans visit the doctor due to heel pain. This condition affects people of all ages and presents symptoms that can range from mild to severe. At Integrity Foot & Ankle Center, LLC, in Cumming, Georgia, board-certified podiatrist Patrick Qualtire, DPM, uses advanced regenerative medicine techniques, including platelet-rich plasma (PRP) and amniotic fluid injections to ease heel pain. To schedule an appointment, call the office and speak with a friendly team member, or book a consultation online today.

Heel Pain Q & A

What is heel pain?

Heel pain refers to any soreness, inflammation, or general discomfort that affects the heel, the largest bone in your foot.

Most cases of heel pain respond to rest and conservative at-home treatments. However, if your heel pain persists or gets progressively worse, don’t wait to seek professional help. Prompt intervention could mean the difference between returning to your favorite activities or experiencing disability.

What are some common causes of heel pain?

Heel pain can occur for many reasons. Dr. Qualtire regularly treats heel pain caused by:

  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Sprains and strains
  • Fractures
  • Achilles tendinitis
  • Bursitis
  • Osteochondrosis

You might also experience heel pain due to reactive arthritis. Reactive arthritis occurs due to an infection in another part of your body.

When should I contact a doctor regarding heel pain?

Heel pain doesn’t always require medical intervention. That said, you should make an appointment with Dr. Qualtire right away if you experience any of the following:

  • Your heel pain is severe
  • You have a red heel
  • You have a swollen heel
  • Your heel pain occurs suddenly, with no warning

You should also make an appointment with Dr. Qualtire if your heel pain negatively affects your mobility. 

How is heel pain diagnosed?

To diagnose heel pain, Dr. Qualtire conducts a physical exam, reviews your medical history, and asks about your symptoms and lifestyle. Afterward, he has you stand up, sit down, and walk around the exam room. He also has you perform several easy exercises to observe your heel’s range of motion.

If these measures don’t provide enough information, Dr. Qualtire might also order an X-ray or MRI. These diagnostic imaging techniques provide detailed images of the bones, joints, tendons, and ligaments in your feet and heel.

How is heel pain treated?

Dr. Qualtire usually recommends conservative, minimally-invasive treatments to address heel pain. Depending on your symptoms, he might recommend treatment with regenerative medicine, like amniotic fluid injections, platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections, or bone marrow aspirate (BMP) injections.

You might also benefit from musculoskeletal laser therapy. Dr. Qualtire uses the Remy cold laser. A cold laser directs low-level light injury at your injured heel. The light triggers a reaction that promotes healing and tissue regeneration.

If regenerative medicine or cold laser therapy are unable to address your heel pain, surgical intervention may be necessary, but this is always a last resort.

To explore your treatment options for heel pain, schedule an appointment at Integrity Foot & Ankle Center, LLC. Call the office to speak with a friendly staff member, or book a consultation online today.