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Heel Pain Specialist

Svetlana Malinsky, DPM -  - General Podiatrist

Svetlana Malinsky, DPM

General and Pediatric Podiatrist located in College Park, MD

Though heel pain is rarely a symptom of a serious medical condition, it can affect your daily activities and quality of life. If you’re experiencing heel pain and don’t know why, the team at Svetlana Malinsky, DPM PC, in College Park, Maryland, can diagnose and treat the underlying cause of your discomfort. Call the office or schedule an appointment online today.

Heel Pain Q&A

What is heel pain?

Heel pain includes any discomfort you experience on the underside or back of your heel. Your pain may be constant or occur after long periods of rest or when engaged in strenuous activity.

Though heel pain is rarely a symptom of a serious illness, you shouldn’t ignore your pain. Continuing your usual activities when you have heel pain, whether the pain is ongoing or intermittent, may worsen the underlying issue responsible for your discomfort. 

What are the common causes of heel pain?

Plantar fasciitis and Achilles tendinitis are the most common causes of heel pain. With plantar fasciitis, the pain occurs on the bottom of your heel and Achilles tendonitis at the back of your heel.

Other common causes of heel pain include:

  • Heel spurs
  • Bone infection
  • Stress fracture
  • Tarsal tunnel syndrome 
  • Arthritis
  • Bursitis

You may be at greater risk of developing heel pain if you’re an athlete, or your occupation requires you to stand for long periods. 

What can I expect during a heel pain evaluation?

You can expect a comprehensive evaluation when you come in to see the experts at Svetlana Malinsky, DPM PC, to explain your heel pain. 

The team takes the time to listen to your needs and concerns so they can design a treatment plan that alleviates your heel pain and improves your overall health.

During your heel pain evaluation, the team asks detailed questions about your symptoms, including when they occur, the type of pain you experience, and activities that exacerbate or alleviate your pain. The team also reviews your medical history and then evaluates your feet.

To confirm or rule out a suspected diagnosis, the team at Svetlana Malinsky, DPM PC, requests diagnostic imaging tests, such as an X-ray or MRI. Once they’ve confirmed diagnosis, they review it with you and your treatment options. 

How is heel pain treated?

Treatment for your heel pain depends on the underlying cause, the severity of your symptoms, medical history, and health and wellness goals. 

The team at Svetlana Malinsky, DPM PC, takes a conservative approach to care and develops personalized treatment plans to alleviate your pain and support your goals. Your treatment plan may include:

  • Activity modification
  • Anti-inflammatory medication
  • Ice packs
  • Physical therapy
  • Orthotics

If conservative measures fail to alleviate your heel pain, the team may discuss surgical options.

Don’t ignore your heel pain. For an effective diagnosis and treatment plan, contact Svetlana Malinsky, DPM PC, by phone or schedule an appointment online today.