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Heel Pain

Heel Pain Treatment Questions and Answers

Suffering from Heel Pain? Our Experienced Podiatrists Can Help! Heel pain takes time to develop and may go unnoticed, but not all the times. It is better to consult a podiatrist right after you notice it. For more information, call us or schedule an appointment online. We have convenient locations in Walnut Creek, CA and Brentwood, CA to serve you.

Heel Pain Treatment Near Me in Walnut Creek, CA and Brentwood, CA
Heel Pain Treatment Near Me in Walnut Creek, CA and Brentwood, CA

Table of Contents:

What causes pain under the heel?
How long does it take for heel pain to go away?
When should you contact your podiatrist?
What happens if heel pain is left untreated?

We are constantly on our feet, whether we are walking around the house, taking the dog for a stroll, or ambling to our vehicle to commute to work. There are many disparate features of the feet, including the soles, arches, balls and heels. One of the most common areas of the feet that experience pain is the heel, likely because it makes the most contact with the ground. Fortunately, there are several effective treatments to ameliorate heel pain that can help make walking easy. Visiting a podiatrist is the first line of treatment for any type of foot or ankle pain, including heel pain.

What causes pain under the heel?

There are many causes of pain under the heel, including:

Plantar fasciitis (bottom of the heel)
Achilles tendinitis (back of the heel)
Achilles tendon rupture
Bone tumor
Bursitis (joint inflammation)
Haglund’s deformity
Heel spur
Osteomyelitis (a bone infection)
Paget’s disease of bone
Peripheral neuropathy
Reactive arthritis
Retrocalcaneal bursitis
Rheumatoid arthritis (inflammatory joint disease)
Sarcoidosis (collections of inflammatory cells)
Stress fractures
Tarsal tunnel syndrome

How long does it take for heel pain to go away?

Every person’s heel pain is different, therefore the recovery time for each individual will vary. The rate at which someone’s heel pain recovers depends on several factors, including: the cause of the pain; the severity of the pain; the location of the pain; the chronicity of the pain (its duration); and individual metabolism/physiology. The symptoms of heel pain vary from one person to the next, so it is important to be proactive in the recovery process to ensure full form and function are retained.

In mild cases, heel pain lasts around two to three weeks, however moderate cases can be extended to about six weeks. In severe cases of heel pain, it can take a few months to recover. During this time, the soft tissues in the heel repair themselves to restore its normal functioning.

A qualified podiatrist can help speed up the recovery process with an accurate diagnosis and effective treatments.

When should you contact your podiatrist?

If you experience any of the following symptoms, contact a podiatrist as soon as possible:

Severe pain and swelling near heel
Inability to bend foot downward
Inability to walk normally
Heel pain with fever, numbness or tingling
Severe heel pain immediately after an injury
Heel pain that continues even when not on the feet (walking or standing)
Heel pain that persists for longer than two weeks, even after trying at-home care methods, such as rest, ice and other home treatments

What happens if heel pain is left untreated?

Heel pain is often a symptom of a more serious condition like plantar fasciitis, heel spurs or bursitis. Unfortunately, any one of these conditions can get worse over time, leading to several complications. The causes of heel pain vary, and without a proper diagnosis, the original cause of the injury could continue to occur, causing it to become worse over time. With conditions like plantar fasciitis, it is important to see a podiatrist as soon as possible, as the treatment options they provide may lessen the pain and discomfort. Without treatment, however, the condition will likely worsen and may require more drastic measures like injections or surgery to find relief. If you are experiencing heel pain, come to Bay Area Foot & Ankle Associates for professional treatment today. Our qualified podiatrists are experienced in treating heel pain and can help you make a full recovery. Call us today to book an appointment for heel pain treatment, we have convenient locations in California to better serve you: one in Brentwood, and in Walnut Creek. We look forward to serving you! We serve patients from Walnut Creek CA, Brentwood CA, Concord CA, Pleasant Hill CA, Pittsburg CA, Danville CA, Antioch CA, Alamo CA, and Oakley CA.