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Imaging Tests for Heel Pain

There are a number of imaging options for diagnosing heel pain. Heel pain can result from a variety of causes, and the choice of imaging method depends on the suspected condition. Common imaging tools for assessing heel pain include radiographs, diagnostic ultrasound, MRI, and CT scans. Radiographs are often used initially to rule out bone-related causes such as stress fractures or bone cysts. Different views, including lateral ankle and foot, calcaneal axial, and medial oblique views, can provide valuable information. Diagnostic ultrasound is a dynamic and cost-effective tool that offers detailed information about soft tissues, such as the plantar fascia, calcaneal bursa, nerves, and tendons. It is particularly useful for conditions like plantar fasciitis and Baxter's nerve entrapment. CT scans are less common but can be used when fractures are suspected. An MRI is the most comprehensive tool for diagnosing causes of heel pain, including plantar fasciitis, stress fractures, nerve entrapment, and soft tissue abnormalities. It can provide a detailed view of the heel region and associated structures. For specific conditions, a combination of ultrasounds and MRIs may offer the most comprehensive diagnostic approach. If you are suffering from heel pain, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist for a proper diagnosis and individualized treatment plan.

Many people suffer from bouts of heel pain. For more information, contact Stephen Boykins, DPM of SoCal Podiatry, P.C.. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Causes of Heel Pain

Heel pain is often associated with plantar fasciitis. The plantar fascia is a band of tissues that extends along the bottom of the foot. A rip or tear in this ligament can cause inflammation of the tissue.

Achilles tendonitis is another cause of heel pain. Inflammation of the Achilles tendon will cause pain from fractures and muscle tearing. Lack of flexibility is also another symptom.

Heel spurs are another cause of pain. When the tissues of the plantar fascia undergo a great deal of stress, it can lead to ligament separation from the heel bone, causing heel spurs.

Why Might Heel Pain Occur?

  • Wearing ill-fitting shoes                  
  • Wearing non-supportive shoes
  • Weight change           
  • Excessive running


Heel pain should be treated as soon as possible for immediate results. Keeping your feet in a stress-free environment will help. If you suffer from Achilles tendonitis or plantar fasciitis, applying ice will reduce the swelling. Stretching before an exercise like running will help the muscles. Using all these tips will help make heel pain a condition of the past.

If you have any questions please contact our offices located in Downey and Moreno Valley, CA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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