It is very important for a patient with heel pain to see the podiatrist to make sure there is not an calcaneal fracture. This is the bone at the heel. Signs of a fracture include bruising, redness and swelling. In addition to physical examination, an x-ray is required to diagnose the fracture. Depending on the severity of the fracture, either protected weight bearing, non-weight bearing or surgery may be needed. For more information, please click this link.