Plantar Fasciitis and Other Causes of Heel Pain

Heel pain can come on suddenly or get worse over time. Plantar fasciitis, an inflammation of band of tissue on the bottom of the foot, is the most common source of heel pain. When the band of tissue is stretched, tiny tears can cause pain. Age, weight and show choice can put you at risk for plantar fasciitis.

Other types of heel pain, include:

  • Achilles tendonitis
  • Arthritis
  • Baxter’s nerve entrapment
  • Cysts
  • Gout
  • Tarsal tunnel syndrome
  • Soft tissue mass
  • Sprain
  • Stress fracture

Symptoms, Diagnosis and Outlook

You may seek treatment for heel pain because you can no longer tolerate the pain during normal, everyday activities. You should call the podiatrists at Penn State Health if you have:

  • Pain you can no longer tolerate
  • Sudden severe pain
  • Swelling or redness in foot

After a physical exam, the experts at Penn State Health may order imaging tests including X-ray or MRI. Many foot pain can be treated through rest, therapy or medications. Your doctor may also recommend splints or orthotics to help manage your symptoms. If medical treatments do not provide you relief, surgery may be necessary.

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Why Choose Penn State Health for Care

Top-Ranked by U.S. News & World Report

Penn State Health includes the Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, ranked as one of the best orthopaedic providers in the country by U.S. News & World Report. This honor was earned because our doctors consistently deliver exceptional patient care and outcomes through advanced treatments, translational research and provider training.

Experts in Podiatry

The physicians at Penn State Health podiatry are board-certified by the American Board of Podiatric Surgery, American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery and American Board of Medical Specialties in Podiatry.

Coordinated, Specialized Care Through a Dedicated Institute

Our orthopaedic specialists work together through our dedicated Penn State Health Bone and Joint Institute. They provide you with multidisciplinary, tailored care and state-of-the-art treatments and technologies. All physicians at the institute are fellowship-trained and subspecialize in additional areas of orthopaedics.

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