Managing Your Heel Pain

Get your heel pain under control. Here’s how….

Dealing with heel pain? If so, you may be wondering why you’re dealing with pain and what to do about it now that it’s here. While some people are more at risk for heel pain, this problem can happen to anyone. Know how to treat heel pain on your own, and know when to turn to our Houston, TX, podiatrists for treatment.

Know What’s Causing Your Heel Pain

How will you know how to properly care for your heel pain if you’re not even sure what’s causing it? This is why it’s important to first figure out the root cause of your heel pain before you determine whether it’s something that you can handle on your own or whether you need to turn to our Houston, TX, podiatrists for expert care. Heel pain is often caused by,

  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Achilles tendonitis
  • Heel spur
  • Bursitis
  • Fracture
  • Sprains or strains
  • Achilles tendon rupture
  • Arthritis

Not sure if your heel pain is due to injury, overuse or something else? This is where our team of experts can come in and provide you with a clear diagnosis so you know what steps to take next.

Rest Up and Stay Off the Foot

Regardless of the cause of your heel pain, most people will benefit from ample rest and staying off their heel while it heals. This is the time to avoid physical activities, particularly high-impact activities such as running and working out. Instead, elevate your foot and try and stay off of it as much as possible. If you find that your heel pain persists or gets worse after 2-3 days of rest, it’s time to call our Houston, TX, foot and ankle specialists.

Home Care Tips that Can Treat Heel Pain

When overuse injuries such as plantar fasciitis or Achilles tendonitis occur, these can often be managed through simple home care. Along with rest and elevation, our podiatrists may also recommend that you,

  • Take an anti-inflammatory medication to reduce pain and swelling
  • Limit certain activities
  • Ice the heel several times a day or roll a frozen water bottle under the arches of your feet for relief
  • Perform certain foot and ankle stretches to alleviate stiffness and pain

When to See a Podiatrist 

If your heel pain doesn’t improve it’s time to give us a call. You should also call us right away if you are experiencing,

  • Severe or worsening pain
  • Severe swelling
  • Trouble putting weight on the foot
  • The inability to bend the foot
  • Numbness or tingling
  • Weakness

The podiatrists at Podiatry Associates of Houston are here to make sure you get the treatment you need when heel pain rears its ugly head. We are proud to serve the Chimney Rock, Memorial City, Katy, Willowbrook and Woodlands, TX, communities. To schedule an appointment call us today:

  • Chimney Rock: (713) 666-0287
  • Memorial City: (713) 467-1299
  • Katy: (281) 579-0186
  • Willowbrook: (832) 912-7792
  • Woodlands: (281) 849-9891

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