Dr. Marc Katz, a Tampa podiatrist, recommends that you ask Paul Pierce of the Boston Celtics. Paul pierce suffered a bone bruise to his heel and missed the first 3 games of the season. Now the athlete is averaging 15.2 points, 6.2 rebounds, 4.0 assists and a steal on 38.5 percent shooting through five games this season. So, if Paul Pierce can return to this intense level of activity, you can too, says Katz. Heel injuries often result in inflammation of the plantar fascia and when severe may be associated with swelling of the bone. This may be called a bone bruise and can occur even if you are not a pro basketball player. The heel inflammation can be seen clearly on ultrasound but the bone bruise may only be seen with an MRI or CT scan. Heel pain can be a lengthy recovery if not treated early. Dr. Katz notes that he is aggressive treating heel pain and when conventional therapy fails he moves on to more advanced therapy. Advanced therapies include EPAT therapy and laser therapy.