Heel Pain

Benjamin Van Pham, DPM -  - Podiatrist

Benjamin Van Pham, DPM

Podiatrist located in Roseville, CA & Lincoln, CA

You rely on your feet to propel you through life, so when heel pain strikes, it can have a major impact. To get to the bottom of your heel pain, Dr. Benjamin Van Pham, DPM offers the latest diagnostic tools and up to date treatments to help you regain pain-free movement. For relief from heel pain, call one of the two locations in Lincoln or Roseville, California, or use the online scheduling tool to set up an appointment.

Heel Pain Q & A

What are the most common causes of heel pain?

Several conditions can lead to heel pain, and the following are the most common:

Plantar fasciitis

Are you greeted by searing pain along the bottom of your feet and in your heels with your first steps in the morning? This symptom is the hallmark of plantar fasciitis, a condition in which your plantar fascia is inflamed. Plantar fasciitis usually develops because of structural issues (flat feet) and excessive wear-and-tear on this tough band of tissue, which creates tiny tears that lead to inflammation. 

Heel spurs

These bone growths are usually an extension of a problem in your plantar fascia. As this tough connective tissue pulls on your heel bone, your body compensates by developing heel spurs. 

Achilles tendinitis

Your Achilles tendon is the largest tendon in your body, and when it succumbs to injury or wear-and-tear, it can lead to heel pain.

Of course, there are other causes of heel pain, such as stone bruises, but plantar fasciitis is the most common.

How is heel pain diagnosed?

When you see Dr. Van Pham, he thoroughly reviews your symptoms, which guide where he will focus his diagnostic efforts. The doctor may use advanced imaging to take a closer look at the internal structures inside your feet and ankles to properly identify the problem, and for chronic heel pain he may use the most advanced regenerative therapy.   

How is heel pain treated?

The answer to this depends upon your diagnosis, but if you’re dealing with plantar fasciitis, Dr. Van Pham typically recommends:

  • Custom orthotics
  • Stretching exercises
  • Night splints
  • Injection therapy
  • Anti-inflammatory medications
  • Low-level laser therapy
  • Regenerative therapy

Heel pain is rarely surgical, as Dr. Van Pham is usually able to remedy heel pain using noninvasive methods. Your treatment may combine several of the treatments above as Dr. Van Pham’s goal is to provide you with immediate relief from your heel pain, as well as a long-term solution that prevents the heel pain from recurring.

If you want relief from nagging heel pain, call Dr. Benjamin Van Pham, DPM, or use the online scheduling tool to set up an appointment.