Heel Pain

Heel Pain services offered in Clarksville, Nashville and Erin, TN and Hopkinsville, KY

Your heels bear most of your body weight when you walk, run, and stand — so heel pain can keep you from doing any of those things comfortably. At Gateway Foot and Ankle Center, with offices in Clarksville, Nashville, and Erin, Tennessee, and Hopkinsville, Kentucky, the  board-certified podiatrists are heel pain experts who provide diagnosis and treatment all in the same office. Book your appointment online or call the office to schedule your visit today.

What causes heel pain?

Heel pain can refer to pain on the bottom of your foot or the back of your heel. Those areas include many bones and soft tissues, which means there are a number of possible reasons for heel pain, including:


  • Plantar fasciitis: Tears in the plantar fascia ligament, which starts at your heel
  • Stress fractures: Cracks in the calcaneus (heel bone)
  • Achilles tendonitis: Inflammation in the Achilles tendon in the back of your leg
  • Arthritis: Joint damage (gout and rheumatoid arthritis)
  • Tarsal tunnel syndrome: Compression of the posterior tibial nerve in the back of your leg
  • Heel spurs: Bony heel bone growths that often occur with plantar fasciitis
  • Haglund’s deformity (pump bump): Enlargement of the bone at the back of your heel 
  • Excessive pronation: Excessive inward foot movement
  • Bursitis: Swelling of the sac on the back of the heel
  • Osteomyelitis: Bone infection 


Other problems can also cause heel pain, so it’s vital that you come to Gateway Foot and Ankle Center promptly to find out what’s causing your issues and how you can stop the pain.

How is heel pain diagnosed?

The team evaluates your heel pain during a physical exam. He may ask you to stand, walk, rise to your toes, or flex your foot to better determine the cause of your heel pain. 


You may need diagnostic tests, including blood tests, X-rays, or ultrasound imaging, to locate issues or rule out certain conditions as the cause of your heel pain. 

How is heel pain treated?

Treatment of heel pain depends on your condition, the severity of your pain, and other factors specific to you. The team takes a conservative approach in most cases, with some common treatments including: 


  • Bracing or splinting
  • Orthotics
  • Stretching exercises
  • Oral anti-inflammatory medication
  • Antibiotics (if you have an infection)
  • Steroid injections

Rarely, heel pain may require surgery. As board-certified foot and ankle surgeons, the team can perform all types of heel surgery, including fracture repair, plantar fascia release, heel spur removal, and other procedures.

Heel pain isn’t a permanent problem, but you need to seek expert care to get relief. Call Gateway Foot and Ankle Center or click on the online scheduling link to arrange your appointment.