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Heel Pain services offered in Columbus, GA

Heel pain might indicate an underlying foot problem requiring treatment, and you can turn to Columbus Foot & Ankle, P.C., in Columbus, Georgia, to alleviate the discomfort. Board-certified podiatrists Troy Espiritu, DPM, FACFAS, and Nicholas Smith, DPM, MS, FACFAS, explore the root cause of heel pain to provide the relief you deserve. Call the office to schedule an appointment or book one online today.

Heel Pain Q & A

What is heel pain?

Heel pain causes discomfort in your heel, which is the back part of your foot right beneath your ankle. Pain might occur because of a disease or injury and sometimes requires treatment to restore the heel’s structure and function fully. 

See the Columbus Foot & Ankle, P.C. team for an evaluation at the first sign of severe or ongoing heel pain. 

What causes heel pain?

Common causes and risk factors of heel pain include:

  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Achilles tendinitis
  • Bone tumors
  • Joint inflammation
  • Haglund’s deformity
  • Bone infections
  • Peripheral neuropathy 
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Achilles tendon ruptures
  • Calcaneal fractures
  • Heel spurs
  • Tarsal tunnel syndrome

The team at Columbus Foot & Ankle, P.C. find the root cause of heel discomfort and offer highly effective, pain-relieving solutions. 

How does my doctor diagnose the cause of heel pain?

To find out what’s causing heel discomfort, the Columbus Foot & Ankle, P.C. team discusses your symptoms and medical history. They examine your feet, toes, heels, and ankles. Your podiatrist might recommend you undergo blood tests, ultrasounds, MRIs, X-rays, or other imaging procedures before personalizing a heel pain treatment for you.

How is heel pain treated?

Your heel pain treatment plan depends on the severity of discomfort and its cause. Your podiatrist might suggest one of the following:

Home remedies

Ice your heel and wear comfortable shoes, inserts, padding, bandages, or a brace, boot, or cast until an injury heals and pain disappears. 


Over-the-counter or prescription medications can reduce heel discomfort and inflammation while your foot heals.


Steroid, regenerative medicine, and amino acid injections can reduce inflammation and discomfort as well as speed up healing after a heel injury. 

Shockwave therapy

Noninvasive shockwave treatment uses shockwaves to stimulate nerves linked with heel pain,  decrease pain sensitivity, and speed up healing without surgery.

Physical therapy

Physical therapy stretches and exercises strengthen your heel and surrounding tissues to alleviate discomfort and the risk of future injuries.


If you have severe heel problems, the Columbus Foot & Ankle, P.C. team might recommend surgery to fully restore your heel’s function and structure while offering long-lasting relief.

Don’t suffer through ongoing heel pain when simple treatments are within reach at Columbus Foot & Ankle, P.C. Call the office to book an appointment or schedule one online today.