Heel Pain Specialist

Professional Foot and Ankle Center

Podiatrists located in Burbank, CA & Rancho Palos Verdes, CA

Dr. Shadi Yadegaran, Dr. Armin Feradouni, and the staff of the Professional Foot and Ankle Center specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of foot and heel pain. The facility serves residents in Burbank, Glendale, Pasadena, Hollywood, Valley Village, Toluca Lake, Rancho Palos Verdes, San Pedro, Wilmington, Lomita, Torrance, Redondo Beach, and the surrounding areas.

Heel Pain Q & A


What Is a Bone Spur?

Spurs grow along the edges of the bone and can be extremely painful. Bone spurs are also known as osteophytes. These growths can occur anywhere in the body. In most cases, bone spurs are found near the joints. They are also extremely common in places where the muscles and other types of connective tissue connect to bone. Bone spurs are made up of mineral deposits that include large amounts of calcium. They often form in areas where the bones have been placed under excessive amounts of pressure or stress. This causes an influx of calcium and other minerals to help stabilize the bone. Instead of providing a healing response, the opposite occurs and can actually produce a painful spur.

Can Shoes That Don't Fit Properly Cause Heel Pain?

Shoes that do not fit properly can cause pain throughout the foot and ankle, especially in the area of the heel. When a shoe does not fit properly, different areas of the feet may be forced to act unnaturally to help keep the shoes in the proper position. This can irritate the plantar fascia and put pressure on the heel and the arch of the foot. Shoes that slip on the foot can cause a person to walk with an abnormal gait that causes inflammation and pain. Wearing shoes that fit properly will support the arch of the foot and help to prevent heel and ankle pain. Shoes should be comfortably snug without binding or pinching the foot in any way.

How Are Most Types of Heel Pain Treated?

Heel pain can be treated in many ways. In most cases, the treatment will depend on the cause of the pain. Elevating the foot, applying ice packs, and wearing braces or orthotics can reduce both pain and inflammation. The use of orthotics prevents excessive amounts of pressure on certain areas of the foot, protecting them from damage and supporting the arch and fascia. Over the counter pain medications can be used to reduce discomfort. Anti-inflammatory medications may be taken if the plantar fascia becomes inflamed or the ankle is injured in any way. Massage therapy may also provide relief from the pain and discomfort of sprains and strains to the ankle.

Major Insurance Providers Accepted

At Professional Foot and Ankle Center, we accept most major insurance plans. Here is a list of some of the most popular plans we accept. If you do not see your insurance listed or If you have any questions regarding insurance, please do not hesitate to contact the office.

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Blue Cross Blue Shield
CBA Blue
Health Net
Premera Blue Cross
United Healthcare
Wellmark Blue Cross Blue Shield