What is the Heel Pain Center of Kansas City?

The Heel Pain Center is a specialized extension of Kansas City Foot and Ankle.  Heel pain is one of the most common foot and ankle conditions in our community and we have developed the Heel Pain Center of Kansas City to provide specialized care to patients of all ages with all causes of heel pain.  The […]

Is surgery my only option for heel pain?

NO!  In fact, surgery is rarely necessary in the treatment of heel pain.  Most heel pain is called plantar fasciitis; a condition where the ligament that attaches to your heel and runs across the arch to the ball of your foot becomes irritated and inflamed.  The most common cause is a slight instability in the […]

What is a bone spur?

A bone spur is extra bone growth is calcification of the plantar fascia on the bottom of the foot or the Achilles tendon on the back of the heel. It is caused by lifelong instability in the way the foot functions. This leads to a low-grade, chronic inflammatory reaction which produces the spurs. Contrary to […]

If I have heel pain, does that mean I have plantar fasciitis?

While plantar fasciitis is the most common cause of heel pain, don’t assume that if you have heel pain you have plantar fasciitis.  There can be other causes for heel pain.  Other causes for heel pain are stress fractures, arthritis and Achilles tendinitis, bursitis and nerve entrapments.  The only way to know what is causing your heel pain […]

What is heel pain, and how can I prevent it?

The most common type of heel pain is called planter fasciitis, or inflammation of the planter fascia.  It is a ligament that runs across the bottom of your foot from your heel to the forefoot.  If your foot is a little more flexible than it should be, then the planter fascia stretches excessive with every […]