Heel Pain

Orthopedic Foot & Ankle Institute

Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeons located in Henderson, NV

If you have heel pain, board-certified orthopedic surgeon Roman Sibel, MD or Podiatrist Dr. Priya Samant, at Orthopedic Foot & Ankle in Henderson, Nevada, can provide you with an accurate diagnosis and a customized treatment plan to give you relief. To get to the source of your heel pain, schedule an appointment with Dr. Sibel or Dr. Samant. Call or book your appointment online today.

Why do I have heel pain?

Each foot experiences 60 tons of stress for every mile you walk, which explains why heel pain is common — especially if you have a highly active lifestyle. 


You might try to ignore heel pain in hopes of it getting better. However, if you don’t give your foot a timeout for rest, it can get worse. If it doesn’t heal over a short period, see Dr. Sibel or Dr. Samant for an accurate diagnosis and a personalized treatment. He can identify the cause of your pain and relieve your condition.


You don’t want your pain to persist and create more complications in the future.

What causes heel pain?

You can experience pain beneath your heel or behind it. If you feel discomfort, the causes might include:

Plantar fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis is the most common reason for your heel pain. It is caused by repetitive strain on the ligament under the sole of your foot. It usually develops due to excessive walking or running, a jumping injury from when you land, or from wearing improper footwear.

Heel spurs

If your plantar fasciitis goes untreated, you can develop heel spurs — calcium deposits that grow on your heel bone.

Bruising

You can bruise easily if you step on a stone or something hard. Your bruise doesn’t always show discoloration even though you experience pain.


If the pain comes from behind your heel, your Achilles tendon might be compromised. Typically, pain in this area develops among athletes caused by overusing the tendon while running, jumping, or dancing. You can also experience pain from wearing shoes that are too tight behind your heel, placing constant pressure on your skin and tendon.

When should I see my doctor about my heel pain?

Heel pain can usually resolve after a few days of rest. However, schedule an appointment with Dr. Sibel if you have any of the following:


  • Persistent pain after two weeks
  • Sudden or severe pain
  • Swelling in your heel
  • Redness on your heel
  • Inability to put pressure on your heel

If you’re unsure whether your heel pain can subside on its own, err on the side of caution. Schedule a visit to Orthopedic Foot & Ankle by phone or book your appointment online today.

 

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References:

https://orthoinfo.aaos.org/en/diseases--conditions/heel-pain