Common Foot Problems: Heel Pain

Heel pain is a common problem that can affect people of all ages. Over time, problems with the way you walk or stand can cause painful changes in ligaments and other tissues. The heel and ankle bones can be affected too. Heel pain also can result from an injury or a health problem, such as arthritis, that affects the entire body.

Self-care includes warm soaks and rest. Wear shoes that support your arches and have cushioned insoles. Stretching exercises and massage may also help.

Doctor’s care may involve oral medication to reduce inflammation, and stretching exercises. To relieve pressure, you may be given a special pad to wear in the heel of your shoe, or a removable heel cup or other orthotic support. If these methods don’t work, you may be given a cortisone injection.

Surgery is not common.

What Orthopedic Institute offers with pedorthic care:

  • Custom Orthotics
  • Running/Walking Analysis
  • Shoe Recommendations
  • Diabetic Foot Care
  • Amputee Foot/Toe Filler
  • Custom Bracing/ AFO
  • Shoe Modifications
  • External/Internal Heel Lifts

Dr. Watson specializes in foot and ankle medicine, and also general orthopedics. He completed his fellowship in foot and ankle surgery at GIKK in Omaha and the University of Nebraska Medical Center.

Reid Herrboldt, MS, ATC, CPED

Our pedorthist, Reid Herrboldt, has many years of field experience and specializes in diabetic care, athletics, and pediatric care for orthotics and bracing.

To make an appointment to see one of our specialists please call 605.331.5890 or 888.331.5890 E-mail: