Heel Pain Specialist

South Denver Podiatry

Karolina Varnay, DPM

Podiatrist located in Littleton, CO

About one in 10 adults struggle with some form of heel pain. Between heel spurs, plantar fasciitis, bursitis, and everything in-between, board-certified podiatrist Karolina Varnay, DPM, of South Denver Podiatry understands how unbearable heel pain can become. She offers comprehensive heel pain evaluations and treatment plans at her Littleton, Colorado, podiatry clinic. Book your exam and get relief from heel pain right away. Schedule online or over the phone.

Heel Pain Q & A

What causes heel pain?

Heel pain can stem from a wide variety of issues, from wear-and-tear to trauma. Some of the typical causes of heel pain include:

  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Heel spurs
  • Stone bruises
  • Bursitis
  • Achilles tendonitis

You might even be prone to chronic heel pain because of your genetic foot shape, like if you’re flat-footed or have high arches. Heel pain can be chronic, or it can suddenly flare-up and cause agonizing pain.

For example, if you have plantar fasciitis, pain tends to be worse after taking your first steps when you wake up. But a stone bruise can lead to lingering foot pain that you feel with each step. No matter the cause of your heel pain, you have plenty of options for treatment.

How is heel pain treated?

Dr. Varnay performs a thorough examination and might even order X-ray imaging to help her diagnose what’s causing your heel pain. Once she diagnoses your condition, she helps you design a treatment plan to provide immediate relief and prevent further pain. Most heel pain treatment plans include a combination of:

  • Custom supportive orthotics
  • AmnioFix® stem cell injections
  • Anti-inflammatory medications
  • Extracorporeal shockwave therapy (ESWT)
  • Cortisone injections
  • Physical therapy


Combining at least two of these therapies often resolves heel pain issues and helps improve your quality of life.

Do I need surgery for heel pain?

It’s possible, although Dr. Varnay doesn’t usually delve into the discussion of surgery until after trying more conservative therapies. But in some cases, surgery is the only solution to resolve heel pain. For instance, if you suffer from chronic plantar fasciitis, Dr. Varnay may need to use minimally invasive techniques to release your plantar fascia so it doesn’t continue to flare-up.

Or if you have a heel spur that’s irritating surrounding tissues, including your plantar fascia, it might be time to have it removed. As a board-certified foot and ankle surgeon, Dr. Varnay is highly skilled at performing heel pain surgeries, so you won’t have to live with pain another day.

To get relief from heel pain, start treatment at South Denver Podiatry. Schedule your evaluation online or call the office directly to speak with a team member.