Heel Pain: Expert Treatment at Bowling Orthopaedics

Apr 4, 2022
Orthopedic Surgery


Welcome to Bowling Orthopaedics, your trusted destination for expert orthopaedic care and treatment in Carolina. Our team of experienced professionals is dedicated to providing comprehensive solutions for various musculoskeletal conditions. In this article, we will focus on one such commonly encountered problem - heel pain.

Understanding Heel Pain

Heel pain is a condition that affects many individuals, causing discomfort and interfering with daily activities. It can have several underlying causes, including:

  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Achilles Tendinitis
  • Bursitis
  • Heel Spurs
  • Stress Fractures

It is essential to receive a proper diagnosis from a qualified orthopaedic specialist to ensure accurate treatment and optimal outcomes. At Bowling Orthopaedics, we specialize in diagnosing and managing heel pain to help our patients regain their mobility and quality of life.

Causes and Risk Factors

Heel pain can be attributed to various factors and conditions:

Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis is the most common cause of heel pain. It occurs when the thick band of tissue, called the plantar fascia, that connects your heel bone to your toes, becomes inflamed.

Achilles Tendinitis

Achilles tendinitis is an overuse injury affecting the Achilles tendon, which connects the calf muscles to the heel bone. It typically causes pain and stiffness in the back of the heel.


Bursitis is the inflammation of the fluid-filled sacs (bursae) that cushion the joints. When the bursae around the heel become inflamed, it can lead to heel pain and discomfort.

Heel Spurs

Heel spurs are bony growths that develop on the underside of the heel bone. They often accompany plantar fasciitis and can cause chronic pain.

Stress Fractures

Stress fractures are tiny cracks in the bones, commonly seen in athletes and individuals who engage in repetitive high-impact activities. They can cause significant heel pain.

While anyone can experience heel pain, certain factors can increase the risk:

  • Excessive physical activity
  • Improper footwear
  • Being overweight or obese
  • Standing or walking on hard surfaces for extended periods


Heel pain can manifest in various ways, depending on the underlying cause. Some common symptoms include:

  • Sharp or throbbing pain in the heel
  • Pain that worsens with activity or prolonged periods of standing
  • Tenderness or swelling in the heel
  • Difficulty walking or bearing weight on the affected foot
  • Stiffness and limited range of motion

Treatment Options

Bowling Orthopaedics offers a range of effective treatment options tailored to each patient's specific needs. Depending on the diagnosis, treatments may include:

Conservative Approaches

Non-surgical treatments are often the first line of approach and may include:

  • Rest and modifications to activity levels
  • Physical therapy and stretching exercises
  • Orthotic devices and supportive footwear
  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) to reduce pain and inflammation
  • Steroid injections for temporary relief

Surgical Interventions

In cases where conservative measures fail to provide sufficient relief, surgical options may be considered. Our skilled orthopaedic surgeons can perform procedures such as:

  • Plantar fascia release
  • Achilles tendon repair
  • Removal of heel spurs
  • Bursa removal or drainage

Your orthopaedic specialist will discuss these options with you in detail and develop a personalized treatment plan based on your symptoms, medical history, and goals.

Prevention and Self-Care

While some risk factors for heel pain cannot be changed, certain measures can help prevent its occurrence or recurrence:

  • Wear supportive, properly-fitted footwear
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Gradually increase physical activity levels
  • Stretch and warm-up before exercising
  • Avoid excessive high-impact activities

If you experience heel pain or have concerns about your foot health, consult with our experts at Bowling Orthopaedics for a thorough evaluation and personalized treatment recommendations. Together, we will work towards relieving your pain and restoring your mobility.


Don't let heel pain limit your activities or affect your quality of life. At Bowling Orthopaedics, we are committed to providing exceptional orthopaedic care to help you overcome musculoskeletal challenges. Schedule an appointment today to start your journey towards pain-free feet.