Heel Pain

Glendale Foot and Ankle Podiatry Center

Hermoz B. Ayvazian, DPM, FACFAS, QME

Podiatry located in Glendale, CA & Burbank, CA

There are many potential causes for heel pain, which is why it’s so important to see an experienced podiatrist to ensure you receive an accurate diagnosis. Hermoz Ayvazian, DPM, FACFAS, QME, and his team at Glendale Foot and Ankle Podiatry Center provide expert diagnostic services and treatments for heel pain at their branches in Glendale and Burbank, Los Angeles. To receive the best possible care for your heel pain, call Glendale Foot and Ankle Podiatry Center today, or book an appointment online.

Heel Pain Q & A

What is heel pain?

Heel pain can affect the bottom of the foot or the heel as it joins the ankle, and heel pain often spreads along the foot and up the leg. There are many possible causes of heel pain, ranging from mild bruising and inflammation, to fractures or severe tendon and ligament injuries.

Your heel is quite a complex structure, consisting of bones, tendons, ligaments, cartilage, muscles, nerves, and skin all working in harmony to allow proper foot function. The calcaneus, or heel bone, is the largest of the bones in your foot, and the one you can feel on the bottom of your heel. Along with the talus, which sits above it, and the connective tissues, the heel bone provides balance and movement for the back of your foot.

What causes heel pain?

The two most likely causes of heel pain are plantar fasciitis and Achilles tendonitis. These are both conditions that cause pain because of inflammation in the connective tissues joining bones and muscles. Other potential causes of heel pain include:

  • Bone spurs
  • Tarsal tunnel syndrome
  • Stress fractures
  • Heel pad bruise
  • Fat pad atrophy
  • Haglund's syndrome
  • Heel bursitis
  • Sinus tarsi syndrome

Rarer causes include infections and cancers of the heel bone. With so many possible causes of heel pain, it’s important to get an accurate diagnosis from the team at Glendale Foot and Ankle Podiatry Center so you can follow the correct treatment plan.

What treatments are available for heel pain?

Before prescribing any treatment, your provider at Glendale Foot and Ankle Podiatry Center carries out a thorough examination of your foot, reviews your medical history, and discusses your current symptoms with you. They may also need X-rays or other forms of diagnostic imaging to give them more information.

Once they have a diagnosis, they can create a treatment plan for you that offers the most effective treatments for your condition. Potential treatments include:

  • Rest
  • Application of ice packs
  • Taping the foot
  • Exercises
  • Physical therapies
  • Splints
  • Heel wedges or shoe orthotics
  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs)
  • Cortisone injections

If your heel pain doesn’t improve after trying these conservative approaches, your provider can go through the surgical options available.

If you’ve been experiencing heel pain, it’s best to find out what’s causing it and get the right treatment before you incur permanent damage and develop a chronic pain problem. 

Schedule a consultation with a member of the expert team at Glendale Foot and Ankle Podiatry Center by calling or booking online today.