Heel Pain Specialist

Foot Clinic

Anthony Spitz, DPM

Podiatrist & Ankle and Foot Surgeon located in Wheeling, IL

Heel pain isn’t just uncomfortable; it can lead to stabbing pains with every step you take. Before living with heel pain another day, visit Anthony Spitz, DPM, at Foot Clinic. With an office conveniently located in Wheeling, Illinois, you can get the treatment you need. Schedule your heel pain evaluation via the online scheduling feature or by calling the office today.

Heel Pain Q&A

What causes heel pain?

Your heel bone is the largest of the 26 bones in your feet. Not only does it bear the brunt of your body weight, but it also connects to dozens of surrounding bones and connective tissues. Having heel pain can stem from a number of injuries or conditions.

You may have heel pain due to:


  • Heel spurs
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Achilles tendinitis
  • Arthritis or bursitis
  • Excessive pronation
  • Sever’s disease (calcaneal apophysitis)


Sometimes, heel pain develops gradually due to a genetic deformity. Having a misshapen or enlarged heel bone, a condition known as Haglund’s deformity, can also lead to heel pain along the back of the heel.


When should I see a doctor for heel pain?

The team at Foot Clinic wants to see you as soon as your heel pain begins, just so they can intervene and work to treat it. Whether your heel pain suddenly occurred after an injury or has been going on for some time, it’s important to schedule an evaluation if your heel pain is:


  • Not improving or getting worse
  • Associated with redness, swelling, or inflammation
  • Keeping you from work or enjoyable activities


The more you continue to walk on an injured heel, the worse your condition may become, so it’s important to have an evaluation and start your treatment plan right away.


How is heel pain treated?

Treating heel pain depends on what’s causing it. After getting updated digital X-ray images (if needed), physically evaluating your foot, and watching you walk, Dr. Spitz at Foot Clinic can design your treatment plan. He always starts with conservative treatments such as:


  • Custom orthotic inserts
  • Extracorporeal shockwave therapy (ESWT)
  • Corticosteroid injections
  • Anti-inflammatory medications
  • Physical therapy
  • Taping or strapping


If you’re not getting any better, or if your heel pain is worsening, Dr. Spitz might suggest conservative treatment in conjunction with stem cell injections and platelet-rich plasma (PRP). These regenerative therapies may help accelerate your body’s healing process.

Under the care of the expert podiatry team at Foot Clinic, you can feel confident that you’re going to get lasting relief from heel pain.

See how the team at Foot Clinic can help relieve your heel pain by scheduling an exam. Book online or over the phone for an appointment today.