Heel Pain

Board Certified Foot and Ankle Surgeon located in Grand Rapids and Bigfork, MN

Heel Pain

Heel Pain services offered in Grand Rapids and Bigfork, MN

Heel pain is among the most common reasons people from around Grand Rapids, Minnesota, come to Renew Foot & Ankle. Double board-certified podiatrist Eric Gilbertson, DPM, FACFAS, offers expert solutions for heel pain, from the first exam and diagnosis to customized treatment plans that fit your individual needs. Book your appointment online or call the office for help with heel pain now.

Heel Pain Q&A

What is heel pain?

Heel pain is any kind of discomfort in the heel — such as tenderness, swelling, or pain. You might develop heel pain from a foot condition, like plantar fasciitis, or may experience pain due to wearing improper shoes.   


At Renew Foot & Ankle, Dr. Gilbertson can determine the source of your heel pain and find the best treatment plan to help you find relief. 

What causes heel pain?

Heel pain can develop for a number of reasons, with sports injuries, wear-and-tear, and foot abnormalities among the most common general sources. 


Some of the specific conditions that cause heel pain are: 

  • Sprains, such as ankle sprains
  • Muscle or tendon strains
  • Fractures
  • Achilles tendonitis
  • Bursitis
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Heel spurs

Sometimes two different problems come together to make heel pain particularly irritating. For example, bursitis and arthritis might overlap.

When is heel pain serious?

If you have heel pain due to a sudden accident, it’s potentially serious, and you need to see Dr. Gilbertson for an evaluation right away. 

Heel pain isn’t going to improve on its own if you also have a condition like chronic heel pain. All chronic pain is a serious problem that deserves an effective solution. Dr. Gilbertson can find the reason for the pain, so you don’t have to live with it anymore. 

How is heel pain treated?

There are two main focuses with heel pain treatment: easing your pain and treating the root cause of the pain. Dr. Gilbertson expertly determines what caused your pain and any contributing factors like unsupportive shoes, excessive high-impact training, and extra weight so he can work with you to design the best recovery plan.

As a part of your treatment plan, you may need:

  • Oral medication
  • Immobilizing boot or cast 
  • Physical therapy
  • Custom orthotics 
  • Habit changes

There may also be other options for chronic heel pain that don’t respond to more conservative care. In the most serious cases of heel pain, such as severe plantar fasciitis, Dr. Gilbertson may recommend a surgical procedure like a plantar fascia release to improve your condition. 

To learn more about heel pain treatment options at Renew Foot & Ankle, click the provided scheduling tool or call the office today.