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Heel Pain Specialist

Aloha Foot and Ankle Associates

Podiatry & Foot and Ankle Surgery located in Mission Viejo, CA

Heel pain can strike at any time, making it nearly impossible to perform routine tasks like walking the dog or climbing a flight of stairs. At Aloha Foot and Ankle Associates, the team of expert podiatrists diagnoses and treats heel pain in people of all ages. Using cutting-edge techniques, including MLS laser and radial shockwave therapy, they can limit your discomfort and restore your quality of life. Book online to schedule an appointment or call the office today.

Heel Pain Q&A

What is heel pain?

Heel pain causes aching, throbbing, or general discomfort at the bottom and/or back of the heel. It can occur due to injury, wear-and-tear, overuse, or as a result of a more serious, underlying health problem. 

If left untreated, heel pain can easily become a chronic issue. If your pain persists or interferes with your daily routine, don’t wait to seek professional help.

What are some common causes of heel pain?

The team at Aloha Foot and Ankle Associates treats several common causes of heel pain, including:

  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Sprains and strains
  • Fractures
  • Achilles tendonitis
  • Bursitis

When should I see a podiatrist regarding heel pain?

Mild heel pain typically isn’t anything to worry about. However, if your pain starts suddenly, is severe, causes redness and swelling, worsens with time, or negatively affects your ability to stand or walk, it’s important to schedule an appointment at Aloha Foot and Ankle Associates.

How is heel pain diagnosed?

The team at Aloha Foot and Ankle Associates diagnoses heel pain by physically examining your feet. During your initial consultation, the team gently presses on your heel and assesses it for discoloration, warmth, or swelling.

If a visual observation isn’t enough to reach a conclusion, the team might order diagnostic imaging like X-rays or an MRI. These screening tests provide detailed pictures of the bones, joints, and soft tissues in your feet, heels, and ankles.

How is heel pain treated?

Treatment of heel pain depends on the underlying cause and the intensity of your symptoms. Usually, the team at Aloha Foot and Ankle Associates recommends conservative measures like rest, ice, and taking over-the-counter pain medication. If your heel pain persists, you might benefit from custom orthotics, a night splint, and/or physical therapy.

If your heel pain is due to plantar fasciitis or Achilles tendonitis, the team offers injections, MLS laser therapy, and radial shockwave therapy. MLS laser therapy uses concentrated light energy to trigger your body's natural healing process. 

Radial shockwave therapy uses high-energy acoustic waves to increase circulation in your feet, limiting pain and inflammation.

The team also offers different types of injections if indicated (steroid, prolotherapy, platelet-rich plasma or PRP, and amniotic graft injections) to treat painful and chronic plantar fasciitis or Achilles tendonitis.

To receive all-inclusive treatment for heel pain, make an appointment at Aloha Foot and Ankle Associates. Book a consultation online or call the office today.