Did you know that about 6 in 10 Americans experience heel pain on a regular basis? Heel pain can occur due to changes in activity, lack of stretching, poorly fitting shoes, staying on your feet for too long, general wear-and-tear, or excess weight. At West Beverly Podiatry Group, Michael Vega, DPM, Johnny Huang, DPM, and the team are adept at diagnosing and treating heel pain. To schedule your appointment, call the office in Duarte or Montebello, California, or request an appointment online today.
Heel pain causes discomfort, swelling, or sensitivity at the bottom of your foot, directly beneath the heel bone. In some cases, the pain also spreads to the back or sides of the heel.
Heel pain varies in severity and depends on the underlying cause. If you experience heel pain that lasts for days or weeks at a time and it doesn’t respond to conservative treatments like rest, ice, or over-the-counter anti-inflammatories, don’t wait to seek professional help.
The symptoms of heel pain vary and depend on the underlying cause. Oftentimes, many people with heel pain experience more severe symptoms in the morning, shortly after getting out of bed or after sitting for long periods and then getting up. It’s also common for heel pain to improve with light physical activity, like walking or jogging.
Heel pain occurs for a variety of reasons. Heel pain can also develop due to an underlying health problem. West Beverly Podiatry Group regularly treats heel pain caused by:
You might also experience heel pain due to a bone cyst or arthritis.
To diagnose heel pain, the West Beverly Podiatry Group team examines your foot and asks about your pain. They also ask you about your lifestyle and daily habits, including the type of shoes you wear, if you stay on your feet at work, and how much exercise you participate in.
Next, your provider will likely palpate your heel and observes your gait and posture. If necessary, they might also order laboratory tests or an X-ray to pinpoint the source of your discomfort.
Treatment of heel pain depends on the severity of your symptoms and the underlying cause. For the most common causes of heel pain, including plantar fasciitis, the West Beverly Podiatry Group team may initially recommend conservative treatments like stretching, physical therapy, NSAIDs, and custom orthotics.
If your pain persists, you might benefit from pain medications like corticosteroid injections or offloading in a walking boot.
Some patients do not improve significantly with conservative measures and may be candidates for surgical intervention to improve their pain.
Don’t let heel pain prevent you from living an active, healthy lifestyle. Schedule your appointment by calling West Beverly Podiatry Group or requesting one online today.