Posts for: November, 2019

By Mark Moss, DPM, FACFAS
November 07, 2019
Category: Foot Health
Tags: plantar fasciitis  

Find out if your heel pain could be due to this common foot problem.

Containing more than 100 tendons, 33 joints, and 26 bones, our feet are more complex than we often give them credit for. Furthermore, Plantar-Fasciitisbetween pounding the pavement for your morning run, going up flights of stairs, and carting heavy groceries around the market, your feet are constantly working—therefore, it shouldn’t be much of a surprise that they also develop painful issues now and then. One of today's most common podiatric issues is plantar fasciitis, an inflammatory condition that affects the tendon that connects the heel to the ball of the foot and provides support for the arches.

Read on to learn the warning signs of plantar fasciitis, and how our podiatrists in Pearland and Houston, TX, Dr. Mark Moss and Dr. Hina Hassan, can treat it.


What are the symptoms of plantar fasciitis?

The most common symptom is heel pain, which is usually worse in the morning because the relaxed tendon has suddenly been stretched when getting out of bed. While this heel pain can ease up as you start moving around, you may find it being exacerbated when standing for long periods of time or after exercise. In these cases, it’s important to not ignore your heel pain, and give your feet time to rest and heal. If you don’t, this condition could turn chronic.


How is plantar fasciitis treated?

Most of the time, plantar fasciitis will go away with simple conservative care such as resting, icing, stretching, and taking pain relievers. Of course, if you don’t see an improvement in your symptoms after a week of at-home care, then it’s time to turn to our Houston foot doctor. If you’ve never had plantar fasciitis before or if you’ve never dealt with heel pain, then it’s a good idea to see a podiatrist to determine the cause before you decide to treat it on your own.

A podiatrist can recommend certain stretching and strengthening exercises, as well as the proper footwear to support your heel and arches. A foot doctor can also make custom orthotics (i.e. shoe inserts) that can also provide cushioning and support for your feet.


Give us a call

Coastal Foot & Ankle has offices in Houston and Pearland, TX, to serve you better. Whether you are dealing with ankle pain, plantar fasciitis, or other problems affecting the health of your feet or ankles, our podiatry team can help—for the Houston office, call (281) 484-2400, and for the Pearland location, dial (281) 485-2988,