What Kind of Doctor Do I See for Heel Pain?

  • Medical Editor: William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR
    William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR

    William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR

    Dr. Shiel received a Bachelor of Science degree with honors from the University of Notre Dame. There he was involved in research in radiation biology and received the Huisking Scholarship. After graduating from St. Louis University School of Medicine, he completed his Internal Medicine residency and Rheumatology fellowship at the University of California, Irvine. He is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology.

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Which type of doctor could one consult when experiencing heel pain? Would this in any way be related to calcification of a shoulder tendon, which I had cortisone injection for about a year ago?

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Excellent question for which there is no one right answer. Heel pain can be an isolated event or be a recurring problem and be associated with illness elsewhere in the body. There are diseases that can feature heel pain and calcific tendinitis of the shoulder.

Doctor specialists that evaluate heel pain include podiatrists and orthopedists, both having the capability to perform surgical procedure if required. However, if one is searching for a possible systemic (throughout the body) condition that might link the shoulder problem with the foot problem, a rheumatologist might be the best bet. A rheumatologist is an internal medicine specialist (not a surgeon) with a special interest in the evaluation and nonsurgical care of musculoskeletal conditions.

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Reviewed on 1/11/2018