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