Heel Pain

Ohio Foot and Ankle Center

Podiatrists located in Canton, OH, Stow, OH & Rittman, OH

Plantar fasciitis and heel spurs are among the most common causes of heel pain. But no matter what’s causing your chronic heel discomfort, you can feel confident that Aaron Chokan, DPM, FACFAS, FACCWS, at Ohio Foot and Ankle Center in Canton, Uniontown, Stow, and Rittman, has a solution. If you have ongoing issues with heel pain or find that your pain is worse in the morning, book an evaluation today. You can conveniently schedule an appointment online or you can call the office nearest you today.

Heel Pain Q&A

Why do I have heel pain?

Having sore, throbbing heels on a regular basis can interrupt your daily activities and lower your quality of life. 

One of the most common causes of heel pain is plantar fasciitis. This chronic condition means that you have inflammation of your plantar fascia, which connects your heel bone to your forefoot and toes. 

While less common, heel pain occurs because of heel spurs. These bony protrusions irritate your plantar fascia and surrounding tissues, leaving you with ongoing heel pain. Other possible sources of heel pain include:

  • Bursitis
  • Arthritis 
  • Stone bruise
  • Sprain or strain
  • Achilles tendinitis 


Heel pain is never something you should ignore. Without proper intervention early on, your condition may worsen and become more difficult to treat. 

When should I see a podiatrist for heel pain?

Ohio Foot and Ankle Center podiatrists welcome you to come in for an exam at the first sign of heel pain. A comprehensive foot and ankle evaluation is important as soon as possible if you experience:

  • Difficulty bearing weight on your feet
  • Stabbing or burning pains 
  • Swelling near your heel
  • Arch pain 
  • Numbness 


Your podiatrist can even help you if you have heel pain that occurs when you stand after a period of inactivity (like sleeping or working at your desk). 

To find out why you have heel pain and determine which treatment you may need, your podiatrist examines you, goes over your medical history, and orders on-site X-ray images (if needed).

How does a podiatrist treat heel pain?

Treating heel pain typically requires a combination of conservative treatments. After talking with you about your diagnosis, your podiatrist counsels you about heel pain solutions, which may include:

  • Night splints 
  • Custom orthotics
  • Physical therapy
  • Corticosteroid injections
  • Extracorporeal shock wave therapy (ESWT)
  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)


But more complex conditions may require surgical intervention. At Ohio Foot and Ankle Center, you have access to a team of highly skilled foot and ankle surgeons who specialize in the most up-to-date surgical techniques, so you can feel confident that you’re in capable hands.

Before suffering from heel pain another day, contact Ohio Foot and Ankle Center to get started on treatment. Click on the online scheduler or call any office to speak with a team member.