Posts for: September, 2019
Heel pain is one of those things that sound minor but can completely disrupt your life. Walking across the parking lot to the office or grocery store can be such a painful experience that you soon find inventive ways to decrease the amount of time you spend on your feet. Eventually, you may stop exercising or enjoying activities with friends or family because of the pain. Heel pain treatment offered by your podiatrists at Podiatry Associates of Houston in Houston (Chimney Rock), Memorial City, Katy, Willowbrook and Woodlands, TX, can relieve your symptoms.
When to visit the podiatrist
Heel pain may get better on its own if you stay off your feet as much as possible and treat pain swelling with over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medication. If your pain is severe, increases or lasts more than a week or two, it's a good idea to schedule an appointment with one of our foot doctors. Ignoring your symptoms may lead to chronic pain or other issues.
What causes heel pain?
Even minor injuries can trigger heel pain. Stepping on a small toy or rock can cause a bruise on the bottom of your heel, as can exercising in shoes that are worn out or don't offer enough support. Fortunately, these "stone" bruises usually improve after a week or two. If your pain lingers, your podiatrist may recommend a heel cup, pain medication or physical therapy.
Plantar fasciitis is a particularly common cause of heel pain. If your pain worsens after sitting or standing and is particularly noticeable first thing in the morning, you may have the condition. Plantar fasciitis occurs when the fascia under the bottom of your foot becomes irritated or inflamed. Your podiatrist can offer several treatments, including custom-made orthotics, splints worn at night that stretch the fascia, physical therapy, steroid injections or shockwave therapy.
Retrocalcaneal bursitis or Achilles tendonitis may also be responsible for heel pain. Achilles tendonitis occurs when the thin tendon at the back of your heel becomes inflamed. Inflammation in the retrocalcaneal bursa, a small, fluid-filled sac that helps the tendon glide over the bone easily, can also cause pain.
Your foot doctor may recommend several treatments that may ease your pain if you have one of these conditions, including heel cups, pain medication, physical therapy, ultrasound treatment or shockwave therapy.
End your heel pain with a visit to the podiatrists at Podiatry Associates of Houston! Schedule an appointment by calling (713) 666-0287 for the Houston, TX, office in Chimney Rock, (713) 467-1299 for the Memorial City office, (281) 579-0186 for the Katy office, (832) 912-7792 for the Willowbrook office, or (281) 849-9891 for the Woodlands office.
If you play sports, injuries can be a common problem, especially with high-impact sports. Your feet are especially vulnerable because they absorb a lot of the impact.
The podiatrists at Podiatry Associates of Houston in Houston, Texas offer a wide range of sports injury treatment to help you feel better. They have several convenient office locations in Houston, Katy, Willowbrook, Woodlands, Chimney Rock, and Memorial City, Texas to help you.
The first line of defense against sports injuries is to wear the appropriate footwear for the sport you are doing. You should also make certain you do heel, arch, and ankle stretches to maintain your flexibility and circulation.
Even with the best precautions, your feet are still at risk for sports injuries. These are some of the most common:
Plantar fasciitis, which develops when the thick band of tissue running across your heel, called the plantar fascia, becomes inflamed. It is a common condition for runners, joggers, and people on their feet a lot. Your podiatrist may recommend icing your heel, taking over-the-counter or prescription anti-inflammatories, rest, and physical therapy. For severe cases of heel pain, your podiatrist may also recommend extracorporeal shock wave treatment, also called ESWT.
Shin splints, which develop because of inflammation around the tibia, the large bone in the front of your leg. Your podiatrist may recommend icing your leg, taking over-the-counter or prescription anti-inflammatory medications, and resting and taking the weight off of your legs.
Fractures or dislocations, which occur due to sudden trauma or unexpected movement, or inadequate protection for your feet and ankles. For these type of injuries, they are best treated by your podiatrist. Some common ways to treat these injuries include wearing a cast or other device to immobilize your injured foot, ankle, or leg, taking prescription anti-inflammatory or pain medication, physical therapy, and surgical treatment to realign your bones, tendons, or ligaments.
You don’t have to suffer from a sports injury. Your podiatrist can help you get back on your feet fast! For more information about common sports injuries and treatment, call the podiatrists at Podiatry Associates of Houston, with offices in Houston, Katy, Willowbrook, Woodlands, Chimney Rock, and Memorial City, Texas. Call now and help your feet.