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Heel Pain: Types and Treatment

Heel pain is one of the most common problems that we treat here at Bay Area Foot & Laser Podiatry Group.  When you first come to our Berkeley or Walnut Creek, CA offices, our team will work with you to identify the underlying cause of your heel pain so we to put together the most effective treatment plan. That treatment can range from simple foot exercises that you can complete at home, to laser therapy to reduce pain and inflammation depending on the condition being treated.

Causes of Heel Pain

In most cases, the main cause of heel pain for most patients is a condition known as plantar fasciitis. This condition occurs when the connective tissue on the underside of your foot that connects the rear-foot to the forefoot — also known as the plantar fascia — becomes inflamed. People with this condition often experience a sharp pain on the bottom of the heel, especially after long periods of rest (like when taking the first steps after waking up).

However, plantar fasciitis is not the only cause of heel pain we treat at Bay Area Foot & Laser Group. If you are experiencing tenderness behind the heel, it could be inflammation caused by Achilles tendonitis or peroneal tendonitis. The Achilles tendon is the strongest and longest tendon in your body, and it gets a lot of use on a daily basis. That means it’s very susceptible to overuse and overexertion, which often manifests itself as inflammation and ultimately pain in the heel area.

Treatment for Heel Pain

The treatment for your heel pain will depend on the diagnosis. For mild-to-moderate cases of plantar fasciitis or tendonitis, Dr. Mark Wolpa may recommend a simple stretching regimen that you can incorporate into your daily routine. Because heel pain is often related to tightness in the connective tissues, patients can benefit from various stretches that Dr. Wolpa can explain in detail. If those therapies aren’t reducing pain, Dr. Wolpa may also recommend bracing or even steroid injections.

For more serious cases of plantar fasciitis and Achilles tendonitis, advanced therapies like MLS Laser therapy may be recommended. This safe, minimally invasive procedure uses a laser light to target pain and reduce inflammation. The laser uses energy to penetrate the skin and target the problem areas to repair soft tissue. Dr. Wolpa performs this procedure in office and has seen great results from patients hoping to reduce heel pain.

If you have heel pain and would like to schedule a consultation with Dr. Wolpa at Bay Area Foot & Laser Group in Berkeley, CA call (510) 849-3800. You can also click here to schedule an appointment online.

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