Heel Pain Specialist

FamilyMed Centers

Medical Center & Medical Spa located in Cicero, IL

With heel pain, you may struggle with walking, running, and standing, affecting your ability to work, run errands, or get the exercise that you need. At FamilyMed Centers in Cicero, Illinois, podiatric specialist Vittorio Caterino, DPM, treats and eases the discomfort of heel pain from plantar fasciitis and other causes. If you’d like to walk comfortably again, call or schedule your appointment for heel pain online at FamilyMed Centers today.

Heel Pain Q & A

What are common causes of heel pain?

The most common cause of pain in your heel is plantar fasciitis, a condition characterized by an inflamed band of tissue on the bottom of your foot called the plantar fascia. When this tissue becomes inflamed, it becomes difficult or impossible for you to place the necessary pressure on your heel to walk or stand.

Plantar fasciitis may be the result of flat feet, overly arched feet, or overuse.

If plantar fasciitis isn’t the culprit, Dr. Caterino may explore these other potential causes of your heel pain:

  • Stress fractures
  • Arthritis
  • Tendinitis
  • Cysts
  • Pinched nerves

Once he finds the cause of your heel pain, he can develop a treatment plan that suits you.

What symptoms might I experience with heel pain?

Heel pain can’t always be summed up as simply a sore or painful heel. Identifying specific symptoms and the severity of your pain helps Dr. Caterino with his diagnosis so he can treat you effectively. Your symptoms may include:

  • Pain on the bottom of your heel
  • Pain in your foot’s arch
  • Pain behind your heel
  • Swelling in your feet
  • Increasing pain
  • Worse pain when you wake up or stand after sitting

You may notice that the pain gets better when you stand or walk for a long period of time. Walking stretches the tendons that cause pain, but the relief is usually only temporary.

What are my heel pain treatment options?

Dr. Caterino offers several treatments for heel pain. They include:


Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is a healing substance that comes from your own blood. Many areas of medicine use PRP to promote healing and relief. For heel pain, Dr. Caterino injects the PRP into the bottom of your foot to speed the repair of damage to your plantar fascia tendon.

Physical therapy

Physical therapy for heel pain involves strengthening the muscles in your foot and stretching them to ease the pain caused by too much pressure or stress. Dr. Caterino shows you specific stretches and movements to help you work your foot back to comfort.


Dr. Caterino injects corticosteroids into the bottom of your foot to treat heel pain. They work to relieve the inflammation that greatly contributes to your discomfort.

Along with rest, icing, and medications, Dr. Caterino develops a personalized treatment plan to heal your foot and alleviate your pain.

If the pain in your heel is severe or getting worse, call or schedule an appointment online at FamilyMed Centers today.