Heel and Foot Pain Specialist

General Podiatrist in Las Vegas, NV

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Heel and Foot Pain

With over two decades of experience, podiatrist Pardis Kelly, DPM, of Las Vegas Footcare, is the person to trust when you have heel and foot pain. Any number of conditions, including plantar fasciitis, arthritis, plantar warts, and foot abnormalities, may be responsible for your pain. Call the Las Vegas, Nevada, office or reach out online to set up a consultation with Dr. Kelly and start treatment to resolve your heel and foot pain.

What causes heel and foot pain?

You ask a lot of your feet. They carry you all day, keep you active, and even don the latest fashions. As a result, they’re vulnerable to pain.

Common causes of heel and foot pain include: 

  • Various types of arthritis, including gout
  • Foot deformities, including bunions, hammertoes, and Haglund’s deformity
  • Ingrown toenails
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Fungal infections, including athlete’s foot and nail fungus
  • Corns and calluses
  • Plantar warts
  • Neuromas, including Morton’s neuroma
  • Flat foot
  • Diabetic neuropathy
  • Foot ulcers and wounds

Some types of foot and heel pain result from muscle imbalances or overuse. Other types may result from wearing tight-fitting, unsupportive, or high-heeled shoes. Heel pain at the bottom of your foot is likely due to inflammation of the plantar fascia or heel spurs.

What is plantar fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is the most common cause of heel pain. It describes inflammation of the plantar fascia, a strong band of tissue that stretches from your heel to the ball of your foot. This tissue supports your arch and is susceptible to irritation from repetitive activities. 

Many people with plantar fasciitis also have heel spurs, but these bony protrusions do not cause plantar fasciitis pain.

Plantar fasciitis causes stabbing foot pain near your heel. It’s usually the most terrible first thing in the morning and after exercise, not during it. 

Who is at risk of heel and foot pain?

Anyone can experience an injury that causes heel or foot pain. But, certain things put you at greater risk of suffering an issue. These include:

  • Having tight calf muscles
  • Having very high arches or flat foot
  • Participation in activities that put a lot of stress on your heel, such as running
  • Jobs that keep you on your feet, like teaching and factory work
  • A recent increase in your activity level

Carrying excess body weight can also put stress on your heels and feet, making you more likely to suffer foot or heel pain. 

What treatments help foot and ankle pain?

Dr. Kelly customizes your treatment plan according to your symptoms, the cause of your pain, and your level of activity. You may undergo:

  • Physical therapy and stretching exercises
  • Rest or activity modifications
  • Orthotic inserts
  • Icing and compression of your feet 
  • Cortisone injections
  • Night splints

Don’t tolerate heel and foot pain. Make an appointment at Las Vegas Footcare today by calling the office or through the website online.