Why Does My Heel Hurt?

The heel provides much-needed support and balance to your foot. When your heels are painful, walking, running or even just standing for too long can be a major chore. There are a few common reasons why people experience heel pain, and luckily there are solutions Heel Painavailable at your local podiatrist’s office. If your heel hurts, explore the possible conditions and treatments available at Podiatry Associates of Houston for heel pain in Houston, TX.

Heel Spurs
Heel spurs are bony growths that develop on the heel of the foot and can be very painful. They are caused by deposits of calcium that build up over time because of intense pressure on the heel, and are most common in athletes and people who are overweight. Wearing poorly made shoes, walking abnormally, or having flat feet can also put you at risk for heel spurs. This issue is resolved with orthotics, physical therapy, foot taping, and surgery in advanced cases.

Plantar Fasciitis
Patients of Podiatry Associates of Houston who complain about heel pain often have a condition called plantar fasciitis. This is the inflammation of the thick tissue that runs along the bottom of the foot, called the plantar fascia. The plantar fascia is connected to the heel and can cause pain there when it is inflamed. This is also a problem common in athletes who run long distances or for long periods of time, and in overweight patients. It is treated with orthotics, splints, surgery, and in some cases, a treatment called extracorporeal shock wave therapy.

Calluses, Rawness and Irritation
Sometimes heel pain is simply caused by too much rough contact with the back of your shoe. This causes redness and irritation of the heel that can make it almost impossible to walk, and heel calluses develop. Women who wear high heels often have this problem.

This type of heel pain can be resolved with orthotic inserts and skin treatments to aid the healing process. Your podiatrist can also reduce the appearance of calluses using special tools.

Get Treatment for Your Painful Heels
Heel pain can be unbearable—especially if you have to be on your feet for long periods of time for work or sports. If your heel hurts, call Podiatry Associates of Houston today at 713-666-0287 to schedule an appointment. We'll help you get back on your feet!

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