Heel Pain Specialist

Heel Pain services offered in North Andover, Lowell and Haverhill, MA

Severe heel pain makes it difficult for you to walk, severely limiting your mobility. If you’re struggling with heel pain, Mitchell Wachtel, DPM, can help. At his offices in North Andover and Lowell, and Haverhill, Massachusetts, Dr. Wachtel and his team offer a range of effective treatments for heel pain, including amniotic cell injections and laser therapy. To find a solution to your heel pain, call Mitchell Wachtel, DPM, today or book an appointment online.

Heel Pain Q&A

What causes heel pain?

Heel pain is one of the most frequent problems Dr. Wachtel treats. It has numerous causes, including:

  • Stress fractures
  • Sever’s disease
  • Gait imbalances
  • Foot or ankle misalignment
  • Bursitis
  • Achilles tendinitis
  • Diabetic peripheral neuropathy
  • Arthritis

One of the leading causes of pain on the bottom of your heel is plantar fasciitis. This condition develops when the fibrous connective tissue running under your arch (the plantar fascia) becomes inflamed. Like bursitis and tendinitis, plantar fasciitis is often due to overuse or repetitive strain.

How is heel pain diagnosed?

Dr. Wachtel and his team get to the bottom of your heel pain at your initial consultation. They perform a thorough physical examination, check your medical history, and ask you about your symptoms.

They also have in-office diagnostic tools, including X-ray and ultrasound, to examine the soft tissues and bones in your feet. This process enables Dr. Wachtel to isolate the root cause of your heel pain. He can then design a treatment plan that provides the best results and suits your specific condition and lifestyle.

How is heel pain treated?

Dr. Wachtel offers a wide range of heel pain treatments, from conservative remedies to state-of-the-art technologies and procedures. Sometimes, a few days of rest and new shoes that offer cushioning and support are all you require. However, for patients who need extra help, advanced treatments include:

Amniotic cell injections

Amniotic cells promote healing and new tissue growth. Injections can help with conditions like tendinitis that cause soft tissue damage.  

Exercises and stretches 

Dr. Wachtel and his team can coach you through exercises and stretches that reduce pressure on your heel. They may also recommend physical therapy or massage techniques to help ease pain.

Custom orthotics

Custom orthotics (individually designed shoe inserts) cushion your aching heel and correct the misalignments that can cause heel pain.

Corticosteroid injections

An injection of cortisone can complement other treatments. The injection significantly reduces swelling and inflammation.

Laser therapy

K-Laser® therapy is a high-tech treatment that uses a beam of light to stimulate natural cellular functions. It helps increase circulation, bringing more blood and oxygen to the painful area and boosting your body’s growth and repair processes. Laser therapy is ideal for patients who haven’t seen results with other treatments or need a quick recovery.


Surgery for heel pain is a last resort, but it’s occasionally necessary with some severe conditions. Dr. Wachtel uses a minimally invasive surgery called the Topaz Procedure. After making a small incision, he uses a surgical wand to apply radiofrequency waves to the damaged tissues. This creates microabrasions (tiny injuries) that your body quickly heals.

For help with your heel pain, call Mitchell Wachtel, DPM, today or book an appointment online.