Heel pain is one of the most common foot and ankle complaints. Sometimes it is temporary and caused by everyday issues like wearing uncomfortable shoes or spending a long day on your feet. But if you are suffering from ongoing heel pain, it may be a sign of plantar fasciitis, a common condition that is caused by inflammation to the plantar fascia, a large ligament that stretches the length of the foot from the heel bone to the toes. The foot and ankle doctors at Podiatry Associates of Houston in Houston, TX offer a range of treatment options for heel pain and other podiatry problems.
Heel Pain Symptoms
The plantar fascia is the longest ligament in the foot and helps to support the arch and balance the foot during movement. Over time, repeated strain or tension on the plantar fascia can cause small tears and inflammation, leading to heel pain. The most common symptom of plantar fasciitis is a stabbing pain in the heel after long periods of sitting or sleeping. The pain may be worse first thing in the morning and then alleviate and return later in the day.
Causes and Risk Factors for Heel Pain
There are a few factors that increase the risk of developing plantar fasciitis and heel pain:
- Participating in certain sports and physical activities that increase pressure on the heel such as running or dancing
- Plantar fasciitis tends to be more common with age and is most common in people between the ages of 40 - 60
- Obesity/being overweight, which can put more pressure on the feet during movement
- Problems with the arch (flat feet or an irregular gait)
Heel Pain Treatment
Heel pain is often treated successfully with methods such as:
- Anti-Inflammatory medication
- Stretching exercises
- Physical Therapy
If the pain continues, there are more aggressive treatments, such as Extracorporeal Shock Wave Treatment.
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Don't let foot and ankle pain or an injury interfere with your day to day activities and quality of life. For more information about prevention or treatment for plantar fasciitis and other causes of heel pain, contact Podiatry Associates of Houston to schedule an appointment today by calling (713) 666-0287 for Chimney Rock, (713) 467-1299 for Memorial City, (281) 579-0186 for Katy, and (832) 912-7792 for Willowbrook.