When your heel hurts, it impacts your life more than others might suspect. Jack Guan, DPM, is a highly experienced foot and ankle surgeon at Bay Area Foot and Ankle Medical Clinic. Located in San Jose, California, Dr. Guan and his team get to the bottom of your heel pain and offer multiple treatments to relieve your pain. To get more information on heel pain, call the office today, or book a consultation online.
Your foot takes on a lot of pressure day after day, which takes a toll on your heel, the largest bone in your foot. There are several causes of heel pain, which include:
In this condition, the plantar fascia ligament is injured from too much stress. This leads to both pain and stiffness in your heel and foot.
A broken heel bone causes pain, possible deformity of the heel, and swelling.
Your Achilles tendon is a large tendon connecting your heel bone to your calf. This tendon is prone to injury and overuse, often leading to severe heel pain.
Flat feet cause excessive strain on the ligaments and tendons in your feet and heel. This often leads to pain in your heel.
When should you seek treatment for heel pain?
Heel pain may either be mild or severe. In mild cases, the pain could go away on its own. However, if your pain persists with home treatments and affects your activities, it’s time to get treatment. Other reasons to seek help include:
If your pain is so severe that it's disrupting your life, see the Bay Area Foot and Ankle Clinic team. They can help you get a quick diagnosis to finally get relief.
How is heel pain treated?
Dr. Guan first determines the cause of your heel pain through a thorough physical exam and imaging studies. Once the cause is determined, Dr. Guan creates a customized treatment plan for your heel pain.
He will treat most heel pain through conservative measures. This includes activity modifications and resting the affected heel. Other treatments that Dr. Guan recommends include:
Icing the heel several times a day and the proper shoewear are other options to reduce your pain. If conservative treatments don’t work, Dr. Guan offers minimally invasive surgical options to fix the problem in your heel.
If you’re suffering from heel pain and need expert care, call the San Jose, California office today, or book a consultation online.