Heel Pain Specialist

Kelly L Geoghan, DPM -  - Podiatrist

Kelly L Geoghan, DPM

Podiatrist & Toenail Fungus Specialist located in Lutherville, MD

Heel pain is a particularly punishing type of pain because it can prevent normal daily activity. At her Lutherville, Maryland, practice, experienced podiatric specialist Kelly L. Geoghan, DPM, uses the newest scientifically proven cutting-edge treatments to end your heel pain and return you to normal activity. Call the office or use the online booking tool to schedule your visit today.

Heel Pain Q & A

What causes heel pain?

There are many possible causes of heel pain, including:

Plantar fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis is the leading cause of heel pain in adults. It develops when the thick strip of tissue called the plantar fascia grows irritated and then inflamed. 

Your plantar fascia starts at the heel and goes across the arch of your foot to end at your toes. Plantar fasciitis pain mainly affects the bottom of your foot at the heel, rather than the back of the heel.

Achilles tendonitis

Achilles tendonitis occurs when the Achilles tendon grows inflamed, which is usually related to physical stress. This condition typically causes pain at the back of your heel and sometimes in the lowest part of your leg. 

Sever’s disease

Sever's disease commonly affects kids ages 5-11 and occurs when repetitive stress to the Achilles tendon leads to growth plate damage. This disease causes pain at the back of the heel. 

There are many other reasons for heel pain, including calcaneal stress fractures, nerve entrapment, Haglund’s deformity, and tarsal tunnel syndrome. Dr. Geoghan discusses the symptoms that brought you in and then performs an exam and tests to determine the cause of your heel pain. 

What does heel pain feel like?

Heel pain can be different for everyone depending on what part of the heel it affects and the causative condition. Some common symptoms associated with plantar fasciitis, the most common cause of heel pain, are:

  • Stabbing pain in the bottom of your foot
  • Sharp pain when you stand up after resting
  • Pain that worsens over several months
  • Pain that gets better when you walk around, but later returns 

Other causes of heel pain, like Achilles tendonitis and Sever’s disease, don’t necessarily cause issues in the bottom of your foot but can cause very sharp or burning pain at the very back of your heel, below your ankle.

How do you treat heel pain?

Dr. Geoghan often uses a combination of treatments for heel pain that is carefully tailored for you. This may include: 

  • Stretching exercises
  • Physical therapy
  • Activity changes
  • Custom orthotics
  • Footwear changes
  • Oral medication
  • Topical ice
  • Padding and strapping
  • Night splint
  • Injection therapy

Dr. Geoghan also offers the Multiwave Locked System (MLS) Therapy Laser. The MLS combines two lasers to produce powerful light therapy that moves into your plantar fascia and surrounding tissues to increase cellular renewal and diminish inflammation. 

Another option is shockwave therapy, in which powerful shockwave vibrations create microtrauma around the damaged tissue. This controlled injury prompts fresh blood cell development, improving circulation and healing. 

To get treatment for your heel pain, click the online scheduler or call the office of Kelly L. Geoghan, DPM, today. 

Watch Dr. Geoghan discuss how Shock treatments could be a remedy for painful plantar fasciitis