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Heel Pain

Ahmed S. Bata, MD -  - Orthopedic Surgeon

Nile Orthopedic and Rehabilitation Association, Inc.

Ahmed S. Bata, MD

Orthopedic Surgeon & Podiatrist located in San Bernardino County, Rancho Cucamonga, CA, Loma Linda, CA & The Inland Empire, Riverside, CA

Heel pain causes great discomfort that can affect your overall mobility. At Nile Orthopedic and Rehabilitation Association, Inc., serving patients in Loma Linda, Rancho Cucamonga, and Riverside, California, Ahmed Bata, MD, provides expert diagnosis and treatment solutions for heel pain and plantar fasciitis. If you’re suffering from debilitating pain in your heel, schedule an appointment today by calling the nearest location or using the online booking feature.

Heel Pain Q & A

What causes heel pain?

Your heel is the largest bone in your foot and bears the majority of your weight. Strain from body weight, walking, running, and standing on your feet a lot can stress the area, causing severe pain. 

A number of conditions may contribute to the development of heel pain, including:

  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Achilles tendonitis
  • Heel spurs
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Nerve compression
  • Stress fractures

It’s possible your pain also involves connective tissues around your heel bone, so it’s important to see Dr. Bata at Nile Orthopedic and Rehabilitation Association, Inc. for an exam to determine the root cause of your heel discomfort.

When should I get medical care for heel pain?

Heel pain should be addressed as soon as you have symptoms, which may include:

  • Burning sensations
  • Difficulty putting weight on your foot
  • Swelling
  • Tenderness
  • Inflammation

At Nile Orthopedic and Rehabilitation Association, Inc., the team offers X-ray services to diagnose your situation quickly so you can get your treatment started right away.

How is heel pain treated?

Heel pain treatment options vary depending on your specific condition. Dr. Bata typically starts with a conservative approach that offers relief, especially when the pain is associated with plantar fasciitis, which is the most common cause of heel pain. 

Treatments offered at the Nile Orthopedic and Rehabilitation Association, Inc. may include:

  • Resting
  • Taping the foot
  • Physical therapy
  • Shoe inserts
  • Wearing night splints to stretch your plantar fascia
  • Practicing foot exercises
  • Cortisone injections

If you have a severe case of plantar fasciitis, you may require surgery that involves making a small cut in the plantar fascia to relieve inflammation and to promote healing. If you have a bone spur that’s causing pain, Dr. Bata makes an incision on the bottom of your heel and removes the growth in small pieces.

How can I avoid heel pain in the future?

To prevent heel pain from occurring, choose comfortable shoes with adequate support. If you’re a runner or you plan to do strenuous exercise involving your feet, spend time warming up gently and stretching the area.

If you feel any kind of pain in your heel, having a medical evaluation right away is crucial for receiving treatment in order to prevent serious chronic pain from interfering with your life and your mobility.

If you’re suffering from heel pain, the team at Nile Orthopedic and Rehabilitation Association, Inc. is ready to give you expert care that gets you on your feet again -- without pain. Call the nearest office or book your appointment online today.