Heel Pain

MB Comprehensive Foot and Ankle Specialists

Podiatry & Foot and Ankle Surgeons located in Glendale, CA & Palmdale, CA

Heel pain can occur at any time, making it difficult to go to work or even walk the dog. At MB Comprehensive Foot and Ankle Specialists, the team of experienced podiatrists uses conservative, minimally invasive treatments to manage heel pain. To make an appointment at the practice in Palmdale or Glendale, California, call the nearest office or book online today.

Heel Pain Q & A

What is heel pain?

Heel pain is any stiffness, aching, or general discomfort that affects the area at the back of your foot just beneath the ankle. Often, it occurs due to general wear-and-tear, but it can also point to more serious issues, like arthritis or a fracture.

Most of the time, heel pain responds to at-home treatments like ice and rest. If your symptoms continue or get worse, contact the team at MB Comprehensive Foot and Ankle Specialists.

What causes heel pain?

Heel pain occurs for various reasons, including:

  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Sprains and strains
  • Fractures
  • Achilles tendonitis
  • Bursitis
  • Reactive arthritis
  • Sports injuries

You might also experience heel pain due to osteochondroses, a group of bone disorders common in children and teens.

When should I visit a podiatrist for heel pain?

If you develop heel pain, try at-home treatments like ice, rest, and elevation. If your pain lasts for more than a week or two, or it interferes with your ability to go to work or stay physically active, visit MB Comprehensive Foot and Ankle Specialists. That’s especially true if the pain is sudden, severe, or affects your ability to walk. 

How is heel pain diagnosed?

To diagnose heel pain, your MB Comprehensive Foot and Ankle Specialists provider asks about your symptoms and physically examines your heel. They gently press on it to pinpoint areas of swelling or tenderness and to determine the underlying cause.

If physical observation isn’t enough to make a diagnosis, your provider orders diagnostic imaging like X-rays, a CT scan, or an MRI. These procedures capture detailed photos of your hard and soft tissues and can rule out problems like fractures or torn ligaments. 

How is heel pain treated?

Treatment of heel pain depends on the underlying cause and the severity of your symptoms. Usually, the team at MB Comprehensive Foot and Ankle Specialists recommends conservative treatments like ice, rest, and elevation. You might also benefit from physical therapy, at-home stretches and strengthening exercises, or custom orthotics.

If your heel pain continues or gets worse, even after conservative treatment, your provider might recommend surgical intervention.

You don’t have to live with heel pain. Request a consultation at MB Comprehensive Foot and Ankle Specialists by calling the nearest office or booking online today.