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Heel Pain Relief in Bradenton & Sarasota, FL

Watch the patient education video to learn about the causes of heel pain and the customized treatment protocol at West Coast Podiatry Center.  This video is a great way to familiarize yourself with the treatments available to you, prior to your appointment.

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Heel pain is a common ailment that affects millions of people worldwide, significantly impacting their quality of life. At West Coast Podiatry Center, we are dedicated to diagnosing and treating heel pain with a comprehensive and personalized approach. Our team of experienced podiatrists uses state-of-the-art techniques and therapies to ensure effective relief and long-term solutions.

Causes of Heel Pain 

Heel pain can result from a variety of causes, often related to stress and strain on the foot’s structures. The most common causes include:

Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis is the leading cause of heel pain, characterized by inflammation of the plantar fascia, a thick band of tissue that runs across the bottom of the foot and connects the heel bone to the toes. This condition typically causes stabbing pain that is most severe in the morning or after periods of inactivity. 

Achilles Tendinitis

Achilles tendinitis occurs when the Achilles tendon, which connects the calf muscles to the heel bone, becomes inflamed due to overuse or injury. This condition is common among athletes and individuals who increase their physical activity suddenly. 

Heel Spurs

Heel spurs are calcium deposits that cause a bony protrusion on the underside of the heel bone. They are often associated with plantar fasciitis and can cause significant pain and discomfort, especially when walking or standing. 


Heel bursitis is the inflammation of the bursa, a fluid-filled sac that cushions the heel. This condition can result from repetitive stress or an acute injury, leading to pain and swelling at the back of the heel. 

Stress Fractures

Stress fractures are tiny cracks in the heel bone caused by repetitive force or overuse. These are common in athletes and individuals who engage in high-impact activities. 

Nerve Entrapment

Nerve entrapment, such as tarsal tunnel syndrome, occurs when a nerve in the foot becomes compressed, leading to heel pain, numbness, and tingling sensations. 

Demographics and Prevalence of Heel Pain 

Heel pain affects a broad demographic, impacting both men and women across various age groups. According to the American Podiatric Medical Association, approximately 2 million Americans seek treatment for heel pain each year. It is particularly prevalent among middle-aged individuals and athletes, although it can affect people of all ages and activity levels. 

Diagnosis of Heel Pain 

At West Coast Podiatry Center, our podiatrists perform a thorough evaluation to diagnose the underlying cause of heel pain. The diagnostic process may include: 

Medical History and Physical Examination

A detailed medical history and physical examination help identify potential causes of heel pain. Our podiatrists will ask about your symptoms, activity levels, and any previous injuries or conditions. 

Imaging Studies

Imaging studies, such as X-rays, ultrasound, or MRI, may be used to visualize the structures of the foot and identify abnormalities such as heel spurs, fractures, or soft tissue damage. 

Gait Analysis

Gait analysis helps assess the way you walk and identify any biomechanical issues that may contribute to heel pain. This analysis can reveal abnormal foot mechanics, improper footwear, or imbalances that need to be addressed. 

Treatment Options at West Coast Podiatry Center 

West Coast Podiatry Center offers a wide range of treatment options tailored to each patient’s specific needs. Our goal is to provide effective pain relief and promote long-term healing. 

Conservative Treatments

Conservative treatments are often the first line of defense against heel pain. These may include: 

– Rest and Ice: Resting the affected foot and applying ice can reduce inflammation and alleviate pain.

– Orthotic Devices: Custom orthotic devices can provide support and correct biomechanical issues, reducing strain on the plantar fascia and other foot structures.

– Stretching and Strengthening Exercises: Specific exercises can help stretch the plantar fascia, Achilles tendon, and calf muscles, improving flexibility and strength.

– Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs): NSAIDs can reduce inflammation and relieve pain. 

Advanced Therapies 

For patients who do not respond to conservative treatments, West Coast Podiatry Center offers advanced therapies, including: 

Shockwave Therapy

Shockwave therapy, or extracorporeal shockwave therapy (ESWT), uses high-energy sound waves to stimulate healing in damaged tissues. This non-invasive treatment is particularly effective for chronic plantar fasciitis and Achilles tendinitis. Studies have shown that ESWT can significantly reduce pain and improve function in patients with chronic heel pain. 

Laser Therapy

Laser therapy uses focused light energy to accelerate tissue repair and reduce inflammation. This painless treatment can effectively relieve pain and promote healing in patients with plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendinitis, and other soft tissue injuries. 

Quadrasteps Orthotics

Quadrasteps orthotics are custom-designed devices that address specific foot types and gait abnormalities. By providing tailored support and alignment, these orthotics can alleviate heel pain and prevent future injuries. They are particularly beneficial for patients with biomechanical issues that contribute to chronic heel pain. 

Custom Orthotics

Custom orthotics are specially made shoe inserts designed to support and comfort your feet. At West Coast Podiatry Center, we create orthotics tailored to your specific foot structure and medical condition. These devices can help distribute pressure more evenly across your feet, improve your gait, and reduce strain on the plantar fascia, Achilles tendon, and other foot structures. Custom orthotics are especially beneficial for those with flat feet, high arches, or other structural issues that contribute to heel pain. They offer a long-term solution by addressing the root cause of the pain and preventing future injuries. 

Surgical Interventions

In rare cases where conservative and advanced therapies are not effective, surgical intervention may be necessary. Our podiatrists are skilled in performing minimally invasive procedures to relieve pain and correct underlying issues. Surgical options may include plantar fascia release, removal of heel spurs, or repair of tendon damage. 

Comprehensive Care and Follow-Up

At West Coast Podiatry Center, we believe in a holistic approach to heel pain relief. Our comprehensive care includes detailed follow-up visits to monitor progress and adjust treatment plans as needed. We are committed to helping our patients achieve lasting relief and return to their active lifestyles. 


Heel pain can be debilitating, but it doesn’t have to be a permanent part of your life. At West Coast Podiatry Center, we offer a wide range of diagnostic and treatment options to address the root causes of heel pain and provide effective relief. Whether you need conservative care, advanced therapies, or surgical intervention, our experienced podiatrists are here to help you every step of the way. Contact us today to schedule an appointment and take the first step towards heel pain relief. 


  1. American Podiatric Medical Association. (n.d.). Heel Pain
  2. Mayo Clinic. (n.d.). Plantar Fasciitis
  3. National Institutes of Health
  4. WebMD. (n.d.). Achilles Tendinitis
  5. Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy. (2014). Efficacy of Shockwave Therapy in the Treatment of Chronic Plantar Fasciitis.
  6. American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons. (n.d.). Heel Pain
  7. Journal of Foot and Ankle Research. (2013). Effectiveness of Low-Level Laser Therapy in Plantar Fasciitis

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For more information on the services we provide, please visit our related pages:

Plantar Fasciitis Treatment

Achilles Tendinitis Treatment

Custom Orthotics

Shockwave Therapy

Laser Therapy

Quadrasteps Orthotics


Contact Our Office for Heel Pain Relief in Bradenton & Sarasota, FL

As one of the premier podiatry practices in Bradenton, Sarasota, and Venice, FL our podiatrists and team at West Coast Podiatry Center provide 5-star podiatry care.

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"Dr. V. And the staff are AWESOME! Everyone was friendly and didn't make me feel like they were rushing me out the door. Very comfortable!!"

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"Dr. Z is amazing. Always thorough and patient. The office staff is courteous and efficient. Would recommend this doctor if you are having feet issues!!"

- Amy R.

"The staff is always friendly and courteous. Dr. Z is awesome. I was so impressed that after my last visit she researched alternative therapies that may help my particular situation. She went above and beyond to try and help me find comfort. It really showed me how much she cared. I would highly recommend West Coast Podiatry."

- Tara G.

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