Do you have questions about foot care? We have answers!

Do you have questions about foot injuries or the causes of foot pain? Dr. Stephanie Carollo provides the answers to frequently asked questions (FAQs) about foot injuries and foot care. If you would like to schedule an appointment to talk about your foot pain, call Dr. Stephanie Carollo’s office at (586) 298-1585.

Heel Pain

Q: If I have a heel spur, do I need surgery?

A: No.  A heel spur sometimes occurs with a condition called plantar fasciitis, but we know from the research that it is actually NOT the spur that is causing the pain.  The spur results from the plantar fascia structure pulling on the heel bone over time, but is sometimes even seen on the x-rays of people who have never had heel pain at any point in their life.  Similarly, people can have heel pain but not actually have a heel spur.  Treatment for heel pain is directed at the cause, which is commonly but not always plantar fasciitis.  The overwhelming majority of people with plantar fasciitis have a total resolution of their pain without any invasive procedure or surgery, as there are many excellent treatment options available for this condition.

Q: Why does my heel hurt when I get out of bed?

A: You may have plantar fasciitis, a condition caused by overuse or strain of the plantar fascia, which is a structure that starts at the heel bone and runs across the bottom of your foot.  The plantar fascia relaxes when you’re in bed or off of your feet, and can be stretched or pulled when you begin walking.  For more information, visit our page on heel pain.

Q: Why does the back of my heel hurt?

A: You may have Achilles tendonitis, which an inflammation or irritation of the Achilles tendon, which is located in the back of your lower leg, and which attaches to the back of your heel bone which can cause your heel to hurt.  People with this condition often have tight calf muscles.  Some people with pain in the back of the heel can have a heel spur, or bone spur at the back of the heel bone.  For more information about Achilles tendonitis.  Also visit our heel pain page for more information.

Q: Why does my child’s heel hurt?

Your child may be experiencing pain in the growth plate area of his or her heel.  This is called calcaneal apophysitis, and it is a common cause of heel pain in children, particularly those who participate in sports.  Calcaneal apophysitis often occurs in kids who are 8-14 years old, and common symptoms of this condition include pain in the back or bottom of the heel which is typically worse during or after sports.  Another name for this condition is Sever’s disease, but it is not really a “disease”, and it also responds very well to treatment.  See our main heel pain page for more information.

Q: What type of shoes should I wear?

A:  This depends on many factors, some of which I have outlined here – What you need to know about shoes and foot health.