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Foot and heel pain

Foot or heel pain can significantly affect quality of life, making it difficult to stay active and participate in daily activities. Our podiatrists can effectively diagnose and treat foot and heel pain, whether the pain results from injury, overuse, inflammation or other medical causes.

What you should know about foot and heel pain

  • Heel pain is a very common problem that is usually caused by either plantar fasciitis (inflammation of the ligament that runs from the heel bone to the tip of the foot) or Achilles tendinitis (weakening of the Achilles tendon).
  • Other conditions that cause foot and heel pain include:
    • Bone spurs
    • Fractures
    • Bunions
    • Bursitis
    • Corns, calluses and warts
    • Diabetic neuropathy
    • Flatfeet
    • Gout
    • Foot deformities
    • Ingrown toenails
    • Arthritis
    • Tarsal tunnel syndrome 
  • Proper diagnosis from a podiatrist is the best approach to getting the right treatment for foot or heel pain. Treatment may include medication, physical therapy and/or orthotics (shoe inserts).

Treatment options

A qualified podiatrist is specially trained to provide an accurate diagnosis and effective treatment when you experience heel and foot pain.

  • Diabetic foot care
  • Physical therapy or orthotics
  • Bracing or splints

Specialties and institutes

Connect with other specialties at Geisinger to learn more about these treatments.

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