Heel Pain

Foot and Ankle Specialists located in San Diego, CA

Heel Pain

Heel pain can be debilitating. If you have difficulty putting weight on your foot, turn to expert podiatrist Trent Brookshier, DPM, and his team at North Park Podiatry in San Diego, California. He can perform a comprehensive exam to determine the cause of your heel pain and provide effective treatment. Book an appointment online or call the friendly staff today.

Heel Pain Q&A

What causes heel pain?

Heel pain can be triggered by various factors. The most common cause is plantar fasciitis, which is inflammation of the thick band of tissue that connects your heel to your toes. 

Other causes include:

  • Achilles tendonitis
  • Heel spurs
  • Stress fractures
  • Bursitis

Poor footwear choices, overuse, obesity, and even certain medical conditions like arthritis can also contribute to heel pain.

How is heel pain diagnosed?

To pinpoint the cause of your heel pain, the North Park Podiatry team performs a thorough examination, which involves asking about your symptoms and medical history and conducting a physical assessment. 

X-rays or other imaging tests can help identify structural issues like heel spurs or fractures. In some cases, an MRI or ultrasound may be recommended for a more detailed view of soft tissue damage.

How is heel pain treated?

The treatment of heel pain often begins conservatively. For example, you may be advised to avoid activities that exacerbate the pain, apply ice, and take anti-inflammatory medications as needed.

Other treatments might include:

  • Padding, taping, and strapping to support your foot and reduce strain 
  • Wearing custom orthotic devices
  • Getting injection therapy
  • Wearing a removable walking cast
  • Wearing a night splint
  • Participating in physical therapy

Stretching and strengthening exercises are also often recommended to improve the condition.

When is surgery for heel pain necessary?

Surgery is usually considered a last resort when conservative treatments fail to provide relief. It may be necessary in cases of severe plantar fasciitis, persistent heel spurs, or Achilles tendon issues. 

Surgical options can vary, such as plantar fascia release to alleviate tension on the plantar fascia or removing a heel spur. Dr. Brookshier discusses the benefits and risks with you and helps you decide if surgery is the right choice.

The best approach to heel pain is early intervention and prevention. Choosing appropriate footwear, maintaining a healthy weight, and addressing any underlying health conditions are crucial steps in minimizing your risk of experiencing heel pain. 

If you suffer from heel pain, don't hesitate to call North Park Podiatry for an accurate diagnosis and a personalized treatment plan tailored to your specific needs. Call or use the online scheduling tool today.