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By Stonestown Podiatry Group
March 24, 2022
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: Heel Pain  

Stonetown Podiatry Group, serving San Francisco, CA, and the nearby region, sees patients regularly who come in for bothersome heel pain. Fortunately, Dr. Richard Rolfes and Dr. Jasper Lee offer treatments that can target the root of the problem and help alleviate your pain. It's important, though, to understand the potential causes.

Plantar Fasciitis 

Plantar fasciitis affects the band of tissue that runs from your heel bone to your toes. With this particular condition, you notice pain in your heel, particularly, in the bottom of your heel. Often, with this issue, you experience a mild ache in the back of the affected leg or above the heel. However, more severe pain is possible. Tenderness and stiffness may arise, and these issues are usually worse in the morning. 

This issue may stem from increasing your running performance, either by intensity or duration. If you play certain sports, such as basketball or tennis, you're also at risk. Your chances of developing it are higher if you're middle-aged.

Achilles Tendinitis 

Achilles tendinitis affects the Achilles tendon -- a band of tissue that runs from your heel bone to your calf muscle. When you overuse this tendon, it becomes inflamed and causes you pain. 

Runners and individuals who only participate in sports like basketball and tennis on the weekends are more susceptible to this injury. The individuals most affected are those who are middle-aged. This is because, although this condition is from repeatedly working the tendon, age can weaken the tendon, making it more vulnerable to injury. Increasing the intensity of your physical activity abruptly and significantly increases your risk as well. 

Usually, Achilles tendinitis begins as a dull or mild ache that extends directly above your heel bone. In more serious cases, the pain can be severe. This is especially the case if you continue to train and ignore the initial pain. 


You have a bursa between your Achilles tendon and the heel bone. When you overwork it, you could experience heel pain. The heel pain tends to worsen when you stand on your tiptoes. Serious cases can lead to you having difficulty moving your ankle or foot. Besides pain and movement issues, you may visibly have swelling. Tenderness and a change of skin color are also possible. 

Dancers and athletes are most at risk, which is why our doctor in San Francisco, CA, will want to know about your lifestyle. 

Don't let heel pain stop you from doing what you love or functioning in general. Dr. Rolfes or Dr. Lee of Stonetown Podiatry Group, serving San Francisco, CA, and the general vicinity, can help. You can reach us at (415) 731-6700.

By Stonestown Podiatry Group
November 18, 2021
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: Heel Pain  

You may have felt initial symptoms of a developing heel spur and thought the pain would subside eventually, however, you may be feeling the consequences of ignoring heel pain. Dr. Richard Rolfes and Dr. Jasper Lee with Stonestown Podiatry Group in San Francisco, CA, understand how heel spurs can keep you from engaging in your usual daily activities and are prepared to discuss the best-personalized plan to relieve your pain.

Causes Of Heel Spurs

Plenty of stress and strain are placed on our feet daily, and in the case of heel spurs, pain tends to be felt at the bottom of the heel bone. A calcium deposit (heel spur) usually begins to form slowly as a result of constant overuse of the feet, as well as any of the following:

  • improper footwear
  • arthritis
  • previous injuries (e.g. heel bruising)
  • irregular weight distribution on the feet
  • other related conditions that wear down the muscles and ligaments

Symptoms And Treatments Of Heel Pain

Heel spurs are not visible to the naked eye, but by visiting with Dr. Rolfes and Dr. Lee in San Francisco, CA, you can expect that through an x-ray, they can best determine the cause of your heel pain. Symptoms of heel spurs often tend to look like:

  • inflammation or swelling around the area of the spur
  • increased sensitivity at the bottom of the heel
  • your heel is hot to the touch
  • intense pain in the heel upon standing
  • persistent pain throughout the day

Sometimes people that have heel spurs don't experience any symptoms and may only learn of having one through an external cause. Even so, there are general guidelines to follow when you have heel spurs:

  • offering as much rest as your can for your feet to relieve the daily pressure and strain
  • reducing pain or inflammation by icing the heel
  • wearing the proper footwear can make the world of difference—this may be shoe inserts (custom orthotics) or shoes with extra arch and heel support
  • discussing if pain relief (or anti-inflammatory) medications are right for you with your primary care physician

Visit Us

At Stonestown Podiatry Group, Dr. Rolfes and Dr. Lee don't want to see their patients experiencing persistent pain. They encourage you to visit with them in San Francisco, CA, by calling our office today at (415) 731-6700!

By Stonestown Podiatry Group
April 11, 2019
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: Heel Pain  

5 Treatment Options for Heel Pain in San Francisco,

Heel pain is one of the most common foot complaints among people. Heel pain can have causes that aren't due to underlying disease. Heel-PainExamples include ill-fitting shoes, trauma, standing for long periods, and overuse such as long walks or marathons. Led by Dr. Daniel Alberts, Dr. Richard Rolfes, and Dr. Jasper Lee, Stonestown Podiatry Group (located in San Francisco, CA) offers treatments for heel pain. Read on to learn about 5 treatment options for heel pain.

1. Medications. Heel pain may respond to treatment with medications such as naproxen (Aleve), ibuprofen (Advil), and acetaminophen (Tylenol). You can also get relief of heel pain with targeted topical pain medications from your podiatrist. Be safe with medications. It's important to follow your podiatrist's directions when taking medicine.

2. Orthotic Devices. Podiatrists use customized orthotics to treat heel pain. Customized orthotics are specially-made devices designed to support and comfort your feet. Studies have shown that customized orthotics reduce foot pain, improve function, and reduce risk of injury.

3. Cortisone Shots. Cortisone injections can be used to relieve heel pain and reduce swelling. Cortisone injections allow podiatrists to deliver a high dose of medication directly to the problem area. The injections usually comprise a corticosteroid medication and local anesthetic. You can get cortisone shots at your podiatrist's office.

4. Stretches. Podiatrists often prescribe stretching exercises for various foot conditions. Research shows that stretching exercises relieve foot pain, improve function, and reduce swelling. Stretching exercises are easy to do and should be done on a daily basis to keep heel pain at bay.

5. Night Splints. Night splints are also used to treat heel pain. Night splints, which you wear while you sleep, hold your feet in a neutral position, thereby helping to reduce morning pain. They stretch the plantar fascia ligament and Achilles tendon and keep them from getting tight during the night. Night splints tend to work really well. And once your pain is gone, you can stop wearing them.

If you want freedom from pain, call Stonestown Podiatry Group at (415) 731-6700 today to schedule an appointment in San Francisco, CA. Our treatments bring real relief to heel pain sufferers. You will experience exemplary service and state-of-the-art care at Stonestown Podiatry Group!