Heel Pain

Southwest Foot & Ankle

Podiatrists & Diabetic Foot Care Specialists located in St. George, UT & Ely, NV

Your heel bone is the largest of the 26 bones in each of your feet. Heel pain can stem from injury to the bone itself or to damage to any surrounding structures, which is why David Magnesen, DPM, and Ryan Peterson, DPM, provide comprehensive diagnostic and treatment care at Southwest Foot & Ankle in St. George, Utah, and Ely, Nevada. Before your heel pain progresses, Request an exam through the website or call either clinic to speak with a team member.

Heel Pain Q & A

What causes heel pain?

Your heel is truly the anchor of your foot. It supports your everyday bodyweight and absorbs shock with each and every step. Needless to say, wear-and-tear can certainly cause your heels to hurt from time to time. But ongoing or worsening heel pain may be a sign of a medical condition, such as:

  • Excessive pronation
  • Stress fractures
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Sprains or strains
  • Achilles tendinitis
  • Heel spurs
  • Bursitis
  • Arthritis
  • Gout

Whether your heel pain is occasional or a daily life-altering issue, the podiatrists at Southwest Foot & Ankle can help you.

How does a podiatrist diagnose heel pain?

To get to the root of why you have heel pain, your podiatrist talks with you about your symptoms. They need to know if you experience:

  • Severe pain with your first steps after getting out of bed
  • Difficulty bearing weight on your foot
  • Swelling or tenderness
  • Redness or bruising
  • Burning or numbness

After getting to know about the issues you’re experiencing, your podiatrist performs a physical exam, evaluates your range of motion, and tries to recreate your symptoms to better understand your diagnosis.

On-site digital imaging may also be necessary. In most cases, your podiatrist at Southwest Foot & Ankle can diagnose you on the spot and get you started on heel pain treatment right away.

What is the treatment for heel pain?

Treating heel pain usually requires patience and dedication to a conservative treatment plan, as it takes time for injured tissues and bones to heal. Your podiatrist at Southwest Foot & Ankle might recommend:

  • Footwear changes
  • Injection therapy
  • Custom orthotic inserts
  • Bracing or night splints
  • Anti-inflammatory medications
  • Stretching and strengthening exercises
  • Laser therapy

Of course, conservative heel pain treatments aren’t for everyone, and sometimes, surgical correction is necessary. Your podiatrist at Southwest Foot & Ankle can use minimally invasive measures and advanced techniques to make any necessary repairs, including releasing your plantar fascia, removing bone spurs, or removing damaged tissues, so your heel pain will soon become a thing of your past.

You won’t have to let heel pain take over your life another day with the help of Southwest Foot & Ankle. Request your heel pain exam through the website or over the phone with the office nearest you today.