Posts for: December, 2018

By Mark Moss, DPM, FACFAS
December 05, 2018
Category: Foot Health
Tags: Heel Pain  

Are you dealing with heel pain? It’s time to figure out what’s going on.

Heel pain is one of the most complaints our Houston, TX, podiatrist Dr. Mark Moss treats. Our heels take a lot of abuse every day, whether you are walking around in high heels or you are pounding the pavement getting in that daily run before work. So, we know that some people aren’t too surprised to find their heels protesting. What could be going on to cause your pain and when should you turn to a medical professional for treatment?

Common Causes of Heel Pain

First and foremost, it’s important to understand what’s causing your heel pain. Sure, you could mask your symptoms with painkillers but it’s better to figure out what’s going on so you can treat the underlying problem rather than just your symptoms. This is when visiting a Houston foot doctor is the best approach, as we can provide you with a definitive diagnosis so you know how to properly treat your condition. If it’s the first time you are dealing with heel pain then it’s a good idea to turn to a medical professional for an evaluation.

The most common cause of heel pain is plantar fasciitis, which causes inflammation within the thick band of muscle that runs the length of the soles of your feet (known as the plantar fascia). Another cause of heel pain is Achilles tendonitis, another inflammatory condition that affects the Achilles tendon, resulting in pain above the heel.

Other causes of heel pain include:

  • Sprains and strains
  • Fracture
  • Heel spur
  • Bursitis
  • Arthritis

It’s important to visit your Houston podiatrist if heel pain is severe or sudden, if you notice severe swelling around the heel or if your heel pain makes it difficult to walk.

Treating Heel Pain

The most common causes of heel pain can often be treated with simple at-home care. Plantar fasciitis and Achilles tendonitis will heal on their own but we will provide you with ways to manage your symptoms in the interim. This includes:

  • Avoiding strenuous or high-impact activities
  • Resting as much as possible
  • Elevating the affected foot to reduce swelling
  • Taking over-the-counter pain relievers when necessary
  • Wearing compression socks or a brace to provide support
  • Wearing custom orthotics (shoe inserts) in your shoes

As you might imagine, certain conditions such as arthritis or a fracture will be treated differently. Severe fractures may require a protective boot, crutches or surgery. Arthritis cannot be cured but symptoms can be managed with the proper medication.

If your heel pain isn’t responding to at-home care, or if your symptoms are severe then it’s time to put your trust in our Houston podiatry team. Call our office today and let us know that you are dealing with heel pain. Coastal Foot & Ankle Associates wants to help you get back on your feet. We have offices in Pearland and Houston, TX.




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