Tustin Podiatry Clinic – Tustin, CA.
Tustin, CA Heel Pain Treatment
Tustin, CA Heel Pain Treatment
Heel pain can stop you from participating in activities you would otherwise find joy in. Come to Tustin Podiatry, where our podiatrist can help get to the bottom of your heel pain and provide you with treatment so you can get back to the things you love. Call our office for more information or request an appointment with one of our professionals today.
Heel pain is a common ailment affecting the feet. It can be caused by a number of things, from simply stepping on a stone to over-straining the feet. While heel pain can often heal on its own, if left untreated, it can lead to more serious complications. Thankfully, for when this pain does arise, we have podiatrists, who specialize in all things regarding the feet.
What is Heel Pain?
Every time you walk, each foot is under lots of stress. While your feet can handle a weighty load, too much stress can push them over their limits. When you continually strike your feet on hard surfaces, either while playing sports or when wearing shoes that irritate sensitive tissues, you may develop heel pain which is the most common problem affecting the foot and ankle.
If you give it enough rest, a sore heel will usually get better on its own without surgery. However, many people ignore the early signs of heel pain and continue doing the activities that caused it in the first place. When you proceed to walk on a sore heel, it will only become worse, exacerbating the pain until it becomes a chronic condition leading to more problems.
If you are experiencing pain behind your heel, the area where the Achilles tendon inserts into the heel bone (retrocalcaneal bursitis) may be inflamed. People often acquire this injury by running too much or wearing shoes that rub or cut into the back of the heel. Pain behind the heel often builds up slowly over time, causing the skin to thicken and becoming red and swollen.
If this pain persists, you might develop a bump on the back of your heel which can feel tender and warm to the touch. The pain will often flare up when you first start an activity. It might hurt too much to wear normal shoes. In this case, you may need an X-ray to see if you have a bone spur.
What causes pain in the heel?
Stone bruise — You can bruise the fat pad on the underside of your heel when you step on a hard object such as a rock or stone. It may or may not look discolored. The pain goes away gradually with rest.
Plantar fasciitis — Running or jumping too much and too vigorously can inflame the tissue band called the fascia connecting the heel bone to the base of the toes. While the pain is centered under your heel can be mild at first, it often flares up when you take your first steps in the morning. You may need to do special exercises and stretches and wear a heel pad in your shoe.
Heel spur — A heel spur (calcium deposit) may form where the fascia tissue band connects to your heel bone when plantar fasciitis continues for a long time. Your healthcare specialist may take an X-ray to look at the bony protrusion, which can vary in size. As it spawns from the same cause, treatment is typically the same as for plantar fasciitis: rest until the pain subsides, do special stretches and exercises and wear heel pad shoe inserts.
What can a podiatrist do for heel pain?
Podiatrists specialize in all ailments and conditions related to the feet and ankles. They can effectively diagnose, treat and prevent foot and ankle pain. If you are experiencing heel pain, come to Tustin Podiatry Clinic!
If you or someone you know has heel pain, come to Tustin Podiatry Clinic today! Our team of kind and caring staff can help you find the relief you need! To talk with an expert, contact our office today. Visit us online or give us a call to schedule an appointment at our clinic.