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Posts for: July, 2018

By PODIATRY ASSOCIATES OF HOUSTON
July 06, 2018
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Heel Pain  

If heel pain is affecting your routine find out ways to manage your discomfort more effectively.heel pain

Heel pain is more common than you might think and there are many factors that can predispose you to this issue. In most cases, heel pain is the result of an inflammatory condition known as plantar fasciitis. This is when the plantar fascia, a thick band of tissue that runs along the soles of the feet from the heel to the toes, develops microtears and becomes inflamed. Our Houston, Katy, Chimney Rock, Willowbrook, and Memorial City, TX podiatrists are here to provide you with information about what you should do if you develop heel pain.

First and foremost, even though there are many instances in which heel pain is the result of plantar fasciitis, it isn’t always the cause. This is why it’s a good idea to turn to a foot doctor in Houston, Katy, Chimney Rock, Willowbrook, and Memorial City who can give you the answers you need. After all, the type of treatment that’s right for you will really depend on the cause of your symptoms. If you aren’t sure what’s causing your heel pain, if you’ve never experienced heel pain before, or if you have been diagnosed with diabetes then you’ll want to schedule an appointment with us as soon as possible.

Other causes of heel pain include:

  • Achilles tendonitis
  • Achilles tendon rupture
  • Heel spurs
  • Bursitis
  • Stress fractures
  • Tarsal tunnel syndrome
  • Osteomyelitis (an infection in the bone)
  • Neuropathy
  • Arthritis

How do I treat heel pain?

Fortunately, many of these issues will clear up on their own so your goal is to manage and reduce your symptoms until the problem heals itself. If you do have plantar fasciitis common treatment options include,

Rest: You should be avoiding any high-impact activities such as running. Wait until the condition has completely cleared up before you continue with your regular workout regimen. If you must workout, opt for low-impact activities like swimming or cycling.

Medication: It’s common for people with plantar fasciitis to experience pain, stiffness, and inflammation. These symptoms might be particularly bad first thing in the morning. If you need to ease your symptoms then opt for an over-the-counter nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory like ibuprofen.

Physical therapy or splinting/bracing the foot may also be recommended for easing plantar fasciitis symptoms. If you don’t see an improvement in your symptoms then other more aggressive treatment options such as corticosteroid injections or shockwave therapy might be necessary.

Don’t let heel pain affect your daily routine. We know how important it is for you to get back to what truly matters. This is why we are proud to provide quality foot care to the Houston, Katy, Chimney Rock, Willowbrook, and Memorial City, TX, areas. Call us today!