Heel pain is stiffness, aching, or discomfort that affects the bone at the back of your foot. Most people experience heel pain every once in a while, but if your symptoms persist or affect your mobility, it could point to a more serious underlying problem.
If you have pain behind, beneath, or within your heel itself, and it doesn’t improve with ice, rest, or anti-inflammatory medication, make an appointment with Dr. Sadoughi at Chevy Chase Foot & Ankle.
At Chevy Chase Foot & Ankle, Dr. Sadoughi treats various causes of heel pain, including:
Dr. Sadoughi also treats heel pain caused by Sever’s disease, a condition that tends to affect children between the ages of 8-14 years old.
Several factors may increase your risk of heel pain, including:
You’re also more likely to experience heel pain if you don’t wear shoes that provide support for your feet.
At Chevy Chase Foot & Ankle, Dr. Sadoughi diagnoses heel pain during an in-office visit.
First, he reviews your medical records and asks about your symptoms, including when the pain started, if it extends to other parts of your body, and if activities like work or exercise, make it worse.
Next, Dr. Sadoughi examines your heels. During the exam, he looks for redness, swelling, or bruising. He also gently presses on your heels to pinpoint areas of sensitivity or pain.
If these steps don’t provide enough insight to make a diagnosis, Dr. Sadoughi orders diagnostic imaging, like X-rays, a CT scan, or an MRI. These procedures can rule out underlying issues, like fractures, sprains, or ruptured tendons.
Treatment of heel pain depends on several factors, including your age, the severity of your symptoms, and the underlying cause. Whenever possible, Dr. Sadoughi recommends conservative and noninvasive options, like:
If your heel pain doesn’t respond to these treatments, surgery might be necessary, but only as a last resort.
To receive complete care for heel pain, make an appointment at Chevy Chase Foot & Ankle by calling the office or booking online today.