Heel pain--it plagues you daily, especially in the morning. What's causing it? Though you are an avid runner, you haven't had any acute heel paininjuries. Could it be plantar fasciitis? Why not consult the experts at Coastal Foot & Ankle Associates? This team of experienced foot and ankle surgeons treat numerous cases of heel pain in Pearland and Houston, TX, mostly with non-invasive strategies. You can get relief and be your usual active self again.

What is plantar fasciitis?

The American Podiatric Medical Association says that most heel pain comes from an inflammatory condition called plantar fasciitis. Affecting about three million Americans, this stubborn problem goes largely unreported and untreated, states the APMA, but foot doctors agree that people needn't suffer from heel pain.

Plantar fasciitis occurs through repetitive stress on the foot from being on your feet all day or from walking, running or other sports. The foot overpronates, or rolls toward the inside, overstretching the plantar fascia, the connective tissue between the base of the toes and the heel bone, or calcaneous. A small heel spur often accompanies plantar fasciitis but does not really cause the condition.

If you're hurting, your foot doctor will ask you about your heel pain symptoms--where and when it happens, what seems to aggravate it and so on. He'll also perform a podiatric exam and take X-ray images to look at the internal structure of your foot. If confirmed as plantar fasciitis, several treatment strategies can help. Surgery (plantar fascia release) is a last resort and used only in extreme cases.

Treatment strategies for heel pain in Pearland and Houston

Changing to a more supportive shoe helps. Your foot doctor may advise wearing custom-made orthotics. These shoe inserts keep the foot from overpronating, alleviating pressure on the plantar fascia.

Sometimes, the professionals at Coastal Foot & Ankle use innovative Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy. ESWT sends high energy waves into the inflamed tissue, relaxing it. Multiple treatments work well for persistent cases of heel pain, says Podiatry Today, but typically, it is not the first kind of therapy foot doctors choose.

Finally, simple stretching exercises and other kinds of physical therapy provide relief for many Houston heel pain patients.

Learn more

If your heel hurts, contact Coastal Foot & Ankle for a consultation. You can get the relief you deserve. For our Pearland location, please phone (281) 485-2988. For Memorial Hermann Southwest in Houston, call (281) 484-2400.

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