Heel Pain

Stockdale Podiatry Group -  - Podiatric Surgeon and Foot & Ankle Specialist

Stockdale Podiatry Group

Podiatric Surgeons and Foot & Ankle Specialists located in Bakersfield, CA & Delano, CA & Porterville, CA

Heel pain is a common problem that can make it difficult to stand, exercise, or walk for extended periods. Without prompt intervention, it may get worse over time, resulting in immobility. At Stockdale Podiatry Group in Bakersfield, Delano, and Porterville, California, the skilled team of podiatrists provides comprehensive care for heel pain. Using safe, effective treatments, they can relieve discomfort and restore your mobility. Book an appointment with the online scheduling tool, or call the nearest office today.

Heel Pain Q & A

What is heel pain?

Heel pain refers to any discomfort, swelling, or stiffness that affects the area at the back of your foot below the ankle. 

Most cases of heel pain respond well to conservative, at-home treatments like rest, ice, and elevation. However, if your symptoms continue to persist for more than a few days, or they interfere with your quality of life, contact the team at Stockdale Podiatry Group right away.

What causes heel pain?

At Stockdale Podiatry Group, the team treats heel pain caused by various issues, including:

  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Sprains and strains
  • Broken bones
  • Achilles tendonitis
  • Bursitis
  • Reactive arthritis

You might also experience heel pain due to osteochondrosis — a group of disorders that affect bone growth in children and teens.

Is there any way to prevent heel pain?

Unfortunately, there’s no way to prevent heel pain entirely, but there are things you can do to significantly lower your risk. 

The team at Stockdale Podiatry Group recommends wearing shoes that fit properly and provide support, stretching before exercise, and pacing yourself when working out.

In addition, eat a healthy, balanced diet, maintain a healthy weight, and take a break from exercise when you feel tired or experience muscle aches. 

How is heel pain diagnosed?

To diagnose heel pain, the team at Stockdale Podiatry Group reviews your medical history, asks about your symptoms and lifestyle, and physically examines your heel. 

Your provider gently presses on your heel to pinpoint areas of warmth or tenderness, asks you to rate your pain on a scale of 1-10, and observes your gait and posture.

If these measures don’t provide enough insight, the team orders diagnostic imaging like X-rays, an MRI, or a CT scan. These procedures provide detailed photographs of the bones, joints, and soft tissue structures in your feet and heels. 

How is heel pain treated?

Treatment of heel pain depends on the intensity of your symptoms and the underlying cause. Whenever possible, the team at Stockdale Podiatry Group recommends conservative, non-invasive treatments, including:

  • Extracorporeal shockwave therapy (ESWT)
  • Platelet-rich plasma (PRP)
  • Custom orthotics
  • Custom bracing or casts
  • Physical therapy

If your heel pain persists or gets worse, you might benefit from surgical intervention. The team offers several types of surgery to address heel pain using advanced, minimally invasive techniques.

To learn more about treatment for heel pain, request a consultation at Stockdale Podiatry Group. Book an appointment with the online scheduling tool or call the nearest office today.