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Heel Pain

Heel pain treatment in Covina, CA

Intense, stabbing pain in the heel is usually caused by inflammation of the plantar fascia. Plantar fasciitis, a fairly common condition, is often accompanied by one or more heel spurs.

Patients frequently feel heel pain upon waking because the plantar fascia relaxes overnight. Once the foot limbers up, the pain of plantar fasciitis normally decreases, but it may return after long periods of standing or upon rising from a seated position.

In many cases, our patients can overcome heel pain without surgery or other invasive treatments. At Hara Podiatrists’ Group in Covina, CA, we also educate our patients about the steps they can take to prevent heel pain from recurring. For treatment of heel pain, call our office at (626) 331-7391 or request an appointment online.

Learn more about heel pain below:

Causes of Heel Pain

Heel pain occurs for various reasons. It may occur beneath or behind the heel. Common causes of pain beneath the heel include:

  • Inflamed connective tissue from overuse (plantar fasciitis)
  • Bruising from stepping on something hard
  • Irritated nerves under the heel

Common causes of pain behind the heel include:

  • Rubbing from poorly fitted shoes
  • Inflamed connective tissue (bursitis)
  • Inflamed tendon (Achilles tendon)

In the case of plantar fasciitis, repetitive stretching and tearing from too much physical activity can cause the connective tissue at the bottom of the foot, the plantar fascia, to become irritated or inflamed.

Other causes of plantar fasciitis include:

  • Structural problems in the foot (having flat feet or high arches)
  • Sudden weight gain and obesity
  • Pregnancy
  • Prolonged standing or walking on hard surfaces
  • Wearing poorly-fitting shoes

Symptoms of Heel Pain

Heel pain usually develops gradually, but it can also occur suddenly and be severe. Although it can affect both feet, it more often occurs in one foot at a time. Some of the symptoms of plantar fasciitis and heel spurs include:

  • Sharp pain in the inside part of the bottom of the heel, which may feel like a knife sticking in the bottom of the foot
  • Heel pain that tends to be worse with the first steps patients take after waking, when climbing stairs or when standing on tiptoes
  • Heel pain after long periods of standing or after rising from a seated position
  • Heel pain after exercising
  • Swelling in the heel

Treatment for Heel Pain

Heel pain and plantar fasciitis can most often be treated conservatively, without surgery. Nonsurgical treatments include rest, icing, over-the-counter or prescription anti-inflammatory medications, cortisone injections, custom orthotics, bracing, splinting, and physical therapy.

Wearing a splint fitted to the calf and foot while the patient sleeps holds the plantar fascia and Achilles tendon in a lengthened position overnight so that they can be stretched more effectively. Working with a physical therapist to stretch the plantar fascia and Achilles tendon and to strengthen lower leg muscles can stabilize the ankle and heel.

Our Covina, CA Foot Doctor Can Treat Your Heel Pain Today

If you are experiencing heel pain such as plantar fasciitis or heel spurs, our Covina, CA foot doctor, Hratch Demirjian, DPM, can diagnose your condition and recommend treatment to relieve your pain. Call (626) 331-7391 now for a same-day or next-day appointment, or you can request an appointment online.