By Advanced Foot and Ankle Specialists
December 29, 2017
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Heel Pain  

What makes your evening walk difficult? If you're like about 20 million Americans, you suffer from persistent heel pain. While your heel heel painhurts more first thing in the morning, you rarely receive complete relief throughout the day. If you'd like to solve your heel pain problem, see your Crystal Lake, Chicago, Huntley, Schaumburg and Elgin, IL podiatrists at Advanced Foot and Ankle Specialists. They help scores of people each year achieve pain-free feet for great mobility and overall well-being.

What statistics show

The American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons states that 90 percent of individuals with heel pain need simple, non-surgical interventions. In other words, only 10 percent require surgery. Aimed at relaxing and relieving tension on the broad ligament on the bottom of the foot (the plantar fascia), stretching, physical therapy and arch support help most people within 10 months of beginning treatment. Even individuals with heel spurs, small bony projections located on the front of the calcaneus, or heel bone, do well with minimally-invasive interventions from their foot doctors.

Causes of heel pain in Crystal Lake, Chicago, Huntley, Schaumburg and Elgin

Most frequently, heel pain originates with overuse of the plantar fascia due to:

  • Sports such as running, tennis or basketball
  • Occupations which require long periods of time standing on your feet on hard surfaces, such as concrete
  • Overpronation of the foot which flattens the arch and irritates the connective tissue
  • Obesity
  • Flat feet (which can run in families)

Treatment of heel pain

Arthritis also leads to heel pain, but whatever the cause, our podiatrists will individualize a care plan to relieve it. They perform careful physical examinations of the feet and ankles, including X-rays, MRI, ultrasound and other kinds of imaging as required.

Recommendations for treatment of heel pain may include:

  • Stretching exercises for the calf muscles
  • Physical therapy
  • Supportive, quality shoes
  • Orthotics (custom-made shoe inserts and splints)
  • Cortisone injections
  • Topaz minimally invasive procedure

Less frequently, people with heel pain undergo surgical correction to release tension on the plantar fascia or to lengthen the calf muscles.

Please come to see us

Get your heel pain in Crystal Lake, Chicago, Huntley, Schaumburg and Elgin, IL pinpointed and treated. Call one of the five convenient locations of Advanced Foot and Ankle Specialists today for a consultation appointment with one of our experienced podiatrists.


Contact Us

Chicago Office

Elgin Office

(847) 468-1994
1750 N. Randall Road, Suite 160, Elgin, IL 60123

Schaumburg Office

(847) 352-0200
Nantucket Square
1043 S. Roselle Road
Schaumburg, IL 60193

Crystal Lake Office

(815) 356-0500
185 Heritage Drive, Unit 3, Crystal Lake, IL 60014

Huntley Office

(815) 356-0500
Centegra Health Center, Professional Office Building 2, 10370 Haligus Rd, Suite 109, Huntley, IL 60142

Chicago Office

(773) 836-9900
Presence Center for Health Building
Harlem & Belmont

3115 N Harlem Ave, Suite 200, Chicago, IL 60634