Heel Pain Specialist

Artisan Foot and Ankle Specialists -  - Podiatrist

Artisan Foot and Ankle Specialists

Podiatrists & Foot and Ankle Specialists located in Mission Viejo, CA & Laguna Hills, CA

Heel pain is common and may develop for many reasons. Some causes of heel pain may resolve with at-home care; however, if your heel pain is an ongoing problem, schedule an appointment with the experienced podiatry team at Artisan Foot and Ankle Specialists in Mission Viejo and Laguna Hills, California. They can find the cause of your heel pain and create an effective treatment plan. Call the office nearest you or book an appointment online today.

Heel Pain Q & A

What is heel pain?

Heel pain includes any discomfort affecting the bottom or back of your heel. Your feet support your body weight when walking, running, and standing, and though designed to handle high amounts of stress, your feet are vulnerable to painful injuries.

What causes heel pain?

Many conditions can cause heel pain. The location of your pain may help pinpoint the cause.

Pain underneath the heel

Pain on the bottom of the heel often develops from irritation or inflammation of the soft tissue on the sole of your feet. 

Plantar fasciitis is a common cause of heel pain and occurs from excess stress on the plantar fascia — the bowstring-like tissue that connects your heel to your toes. The extra stress creates tiny tears in the tissue and leads to inflammation and pain.

When left untreated, plantar fasciitis may lead to heel spurs, which are calcium deposits that form where the plantar fascia connects to the heel bone. Heel spurs further irritate the tissue causing pain.

You may also develop heel pain from a stone bruise, bruising of the soft pad of tissue on the bottom of your heel.

Pain behind the heel

If you have pain behind the heel, you may have inflammation in the area where your Achilles tendon connects to your heel bone, known as retrocalcaneal bursitis.

How is heel pain diagnosed?

The Artisan Foot and Ankle Specialists team conducts a thorough exam to diagnose the underlying cause of your heel pain. They ask detailed questions about your symptoms, including the location and type of pain you feel and the activities that worsen it.

The podiatrists also ask about the types of shoes you wear and your exercise routine. Then, they examine your feet and have you stand and walk so they can find the source of your pain.

Your podiatrist may request X-rays to confirm or rule out a suspected diagnosis. 

How is heel pain treated?

Treatment for heel pain depends on the cause and severity of symptoms. Your podiatrist at Artisan Foot and Ankle Specialists customizes your treatment plan to ease your pain and help you get back to your active lifestyle as quickly as possible. 

When appropriate, the team recommends conservative care, such as:

  • Rest, ice, compression, and elevation (RICE)
  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
  • Change in shoewear
  • Orthotics
  • Night splints
  • Physical therapy
  • Steroid injections

Though it may take time for your heel pain to improve, most people get good results from conservative care. However, if you continue to have heel pain after months of conservative treatment, the podiatrists at Artisan Foot and Ankle Specialists may talk to you about surgery. 

Don’t let your heel pain keep you from your active lifestyle. Call Artisan Foot and Ankle Specialists or schedule an appointment online today.