Heel Pain

Oh, my aching heel!

• Do your feet hurt when you first step out of bed?

• Do you have heel or foot pain when you stand after you've been sitting for 15 or 20 minutes?

• Does it hurt to walk barefoot?

• Have you had pain for more than six months?

Foot and heel pain is not normal. If you have been ignoring or living with pain, thinking it will go away by itself, it probably won't. Not treating the pain allows it to continue and perhaps increase.

For questions and treatment for foot and heel pain, see Dr. James Longobardi. Dr. Longobardi practices a gentle approach to foot care. He takes the time to explain the diagnosis, discuss the options and to address your concerns.

What is heel pain?

Heel pain can occur suddenly or be chronic and nagging. There are many different causes for heel pain. A few of the more common situations are: People who stand or walk for long periods of time, people who are overweight, athletes or folks with foot arch changes or problems.

The most common cause of heel pain is inflammation of the tissue on the bottom (plantar surface) of the foot. That area is known as the plantar fasciae, which is a thick ligament-like structure that attaches your heel bone (calcaneus) to the ball of your foot (metatarsal heads).

Will I get an injection? I hate needles!

Not if you don't want one. We tailor your treatments to suit your needs. You have treatment options which Dr. Longobardi will explain to you.

What Is Computerized Gait Analysis?

A computerized gait analysis uses a computer to test how your feet work in motion and with weight bearing. Dr. Longobardi's special gait equipment has an electronic mat with over 960 sensors, scanning your foot 300 times a second. Armed with this data, the doctor can more accurately diagnose your condition. With the computer showing the subtleties that you might never notice, allowing a more accurate diagnosis of your condition.

Tell me more about Absolute Foot Care.

Dr. Longobardi is board certified in Podiatric Orthopedics, the medical practice of the foot and ankle. He lives in Chula Vista and has practiced in the area since 1990.

His office is conveniently located on the Scripps-Mercy Chula Vista Hospital Campus at 450 4th Avenue Chula Vista, and easily accessed from the I-5 or 805 freeways

If your heels, feet or ankles are bothering you, call for an appointment at (619) 425-5500.

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