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By PODIATRY ASSOCIATES OF HOUSTON
September 25, 2019
Category: Podiatry
Tags: Heel Pain  

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.

By PODIATRY ASSOCIATES OF HOUSTON
December 11, 2018
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Heel Pain  

Is heel pain happening to you more often than you would like?

Is heel pain making it impossible to lace up those sneakers and go on your morning run? If so, then you may want to read on to find out what’s going on, how to treat this problem and when it’s time to turn to our Houston podiatrists for medical care.

The two most common causes of heel pain are inflammatory conditions known as plantar fasciitis and Achilles tendonitis. Usually, you can tell which one is causing your symptoms by the location of your pain. For example, if you are experiencing pain in the bottom of your heel then it’s most likely caused by plantar fasciitis. If the pain is located above the heel then it might be Achilles tendonitis.

Other causes of heel pain include:

  • Strains and sprains
  • Stress fractures
  • Heel spurs
  • Bursitis (inflammation of the joints)
  • Achilles tendon rupture (this is considered a medical emergency)
  • Tarsal tunnel syndrome
  • Osteomyelitis (an infection of the bone)
  • Certain types of arthritis (symptoms will appear gradually over time)

When You Should See a Doctor

If you’ve never experienced heel pain before it’s important that you turn to a foot care specialist in Houston who will be able to properly diagnose the issue and provide you with the best course of action. If plantar fasciitis or Achilles tendonitis is causing your heel pain these two problems will often just go away on their own with proper at-home care and rest.

Of course, it is important that you seek medical attention right away under these circumstances:

  • If you are experiencing severe pain or swelling near or around the heel
  • If you are unable to bend your foot
  • If your heel pain is the result of an injury
  • If your pain is accompanied by a fever
  • If you also notice numbness or tingling in the affected heel

It’s also a good idea to visit a foot doctor if your heel pain doesn’t seem to get better with at-home care, if it keeps getting worse or if it’s difficult or painful to put weight on the foot.

Don’t let heel pain bench you or affect your daily routine. If heel pain isn’t responding to at-home care then it’s time to turn to our foot and ankle specialists offering comprehensive care to the Chimney Rock, Memorial Park, Katy, Willowbrook and Woodlands, TX, areas. Call Podiatry Associates of Houston today.

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!

By Podiatry Associates of Houston
February 02, 2017
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Heel Pain  

Heel pain and arch pain is commonly caused by inflammation on the bottom of the foot. Plantar fasciitis is this inflammation of the heel painconnective tissue known as the plantar fascia. This connective tissue stretches from the base of the toes down the arch of the foot to the heel. At Podiatry Associates of Houston in Chimney Rock, Memorial City, Katy and Willowbrook, TX, with the help of Dr. David Blumfield your arch or heel pain can be resolved once and for all.

Causes of Heel Pain

This occurs when the foot rolls inward constantly when walking or running. This causes the foot to flatten, lengthens the arch and puts added strains on the plantar fascia itself. Over a period of time, this causes inflammation and then heel pain.

Some risk factors leading to heel pain include:

  1. Age
  2. Intense activity
  3. Genetics
  4. Overweightness/Obesity
  5. Certain jobs (on feet for extended period of time)

A podiatry office in the Houston area can offer an in-depth heel consultation that provides treatment options for your heel pain. The most successful treatment plan for heel or arch pain is one that is customized for each particular patient.

Treatment Options for Heel Pain in Chimney Rock, Memorial City, Katy and Willowbrook

Firstly, rest is the best treatment option as it allows the inflammation to reduce in the foot. Other conservative measures such as anti-inflammatory medications, stretching and icing has helped some patients. However, in more severe cases, orthotics and physical therapy may be necessary. For the most extreme cases, a treatment method known as Extracorporeal Shock Wave Treatment may be used to treat your heel pain.

Podiatry Associates of Houston with the help of Dr. Blumfield can offer you a thorough consultation that seeks to provide pain relief. For more information on our heel pain treatment options, call one of our Chimney Rock, Memorial City, Katy and Willowbrook, TX, podiatry offices in the Houston area today.

By Podiatry Associates of Houston
October 05, 2015
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Heel Pain  

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!