Posts for: December, 2015

By Coastal Foot and Ankle Associates
December 03, 2015
Category: Foot Health
Tags: Heel Pain  

Find out the cause of your heel pain and what you can do to reduce your symptoms.

Heel pain can happen to anyone and can be rather unnerving if you don’t know what could be causing your issues. Find out more about heel pain and how your Houston, TX podiatrists Dr. Mark Moss and Dr. Hina Hassan will treat your condition.

What could be the cause of my heel pain?

Coming into our Houston podiatric office for an examination is the best way to determine the cause of your heel pain. The location of the pain will also help us pinpoint the problem:

Pain Under the Heel

If you are experiencing pain under the heel one of these conditions could be to blame:

Stone bruise: Stepping on a hard object can cause bruising to the soft underside of the heel.

Plantar fasciitis: Inflammation of the tissue that runs from the heel to the toes, known as the plantar fascia.

Heel spur: This calcium deposit can form on the fascia tissue and usually occurs in more long-term cases of plantar fasciitis.

Pain Behind the Heel

If the pain is behind the heel this is most likely due to an inflamed Achilles tendon. Those who wear ill-fitted shoes and runners are at an increased risk for developing Achilles tendonitis.

What are the most common treatment options to alleviate my pain?

As with any foot condition the first measures we take to treat your symptoms are usually more conservative in nature. These include:

  • Using over-the-counter pain relievers and anti-inflammatories to reduce pain and swelling
  • Icing the heel for about 15-20 minutes at a time several times a day
  • Resting and elevating the foot as much as possible
  • Avoiding physical activities that put pressure on the heel
  • Talking to your foot doctor in Houston about whether custom orthotics (shoe inserts) could treat your symptoms
  • Performing stretching and strengthening exercises every day. We can show you which ones are most effective for your condition.

If your condition doesn’t respond to these standard treatments then here are some other options we may recommend: steroid injections to reduce pain and inflammation, Extracorporeal Shock Wave Treatment (ESWT) to speed up healing, or surgery (for more severe cases).

Heel pain shouldn’t keep you from living your life. Let the foot care professionals at Coastal Foot & Ankle Associates in Houston treat your heel pain and get you back to your life!