Posts for tag: Heel Pain

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.

By Coastal Foot and Ankle Associates
January 22, 2018
Category: Foot Health
Tags: Heel Pain  

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.

By Coastal Foot and Ankle Associates
May 17, 2017
Category: Foot Health
Tags: Heel Pain  

There are several different types and causes of pain in the feet. Some of the most common types of foot pain are felt in the heels. Heel heel painpain can make everything from standing to walking uncomfortable. A podiatrist can evaluate your feet and diagnose the cause of the pain so that an appropriate treatment plan can be developed. In Pearland and Houston, TX, heel pain is treated by Dr. Mark Moss at Coastal Foot & Ankle Associates.

Heel Pain

Heel pain can be caused by repeated stress to the heel of the foot. Certain types of workouts and regular participation in athletic activities can expose the feet to a lot of stress, which can lead to heel pain. Achilles tendonosis (also called tendonitis) and plantar fasciitis and the two most common types of heel pain. Pain is felt behind the heel with achilles tendonosis and on the bottom of the heel with plantar fasciitis. Both conditions can make walking, running and other activities painful. A podiatrist can recommend the right type of treatment for your heel pain.

Treatment Options

Several different options are available for treating heel pain in the Pearland and Houston area. The type of treatment you undergo will depend on the type and cause of your heel pain. Treatment options include:

  • Foot surgery
  • Physical therapy
  • Doctor or physical therapist prescribed stretches
  • Orthotic foot supports or shoe inserts
  • Supportive shoes that fit properly
  • Resting the feet and heels
  • Prescription medications, including corticosteroids and other pain or anti-inflammatory medications

Whatever different foot issues are causing your pain, there is a treatment that can help. For treatment of heel pain, contact Coastal Foot & Ankle Associates to schedule an appointment with Dr. Moss. Call (281) 484-2400 for the Houston office location or (281) 485-2988 for the Pearland office.

By Coastal Foot and Ankle Associates
January 31, 2017
Category: Foot Health
Tags: Heel Pain  

Heel pain can make even the shortest distances, like from your home to your car, very uncomfortable to navigate. If walking or running is heel painpart of your exercise regimen, it can sideline you from keeping up with your health. That's why at Coastal Foot & Ankle Associates in Pearland and Houston, TX, our podiatrists - Dr. Hina Hassan and Dr. Mark Moss - want to help their patients by diagnosing their heel pain and putting an end to that cycle so they can continue with their lives as normal.

What causes heel pain?

Heel pain is often caused by overuse of the muscles, tendons and ligaments in the foot. People whose jobs require constant standing or walking are at risk, particularly women who wear heels as part of their wardrobe or people who do not wear properly padded shoes. Suddenly adopting a new or more strenuous exercise program, in particular running, is also a common cause of heel pain seen at your Pearland and Houston podiatrist's office. In these cases, the Achilles tendon or the plantar fascia (the tendon near the bottom of the foot) are usually affected. Bursitis, gout, arthritis and fractures may also be to blame.

How is heel pain treated?

At Coastal Foot & Ankle Associates, our podiatrists start with a consultation, which includes a thorough examination of your foot and an evaluation of your medical history. From there, the most conservative treatments are attempted first: rest, analgesics for pain, ice or heat therapy and shoe inserts. If heel pain symptoms aren't relieved by these methods, other treatments like physical therapy, steroid injections, custom orthotics to wear inside the shoes or shockwave therapy may be employed. Surgery is typically the last resort and is most commonly used for persistent plantar fasciitis.

If you've been dealing with heel pain, you'll find helpful and compassionate care at Coastal Foot & Ankle Associates in Pearland and Houston, TX. Contact our Houston office at (281) 484-2400 or our Pearland location at (281) 485-2988 to schedule an appointment with one of our podiatrists today!

By Coastal Foot and Ankle Associates
May 25, 2016
Category: Foot Health

Don’t let heel pain keep you from enjoying life. Find out what you can do about it now!

Heel pain is an all-too-common problem that many people deal with everyday, but it doesn’t make the issue any less important. Not sure heel painwhat is to blame for your discomfort? Then it’s time you turned to our Houston podiatrists, Dr. Mark Moss and Dr. Hina Hassan, to find out.

There are many causes of heel pain including,

  • Ruptured Achilles tendon
  • Bursitis
  • Heel spur
  • Osteomyelitis
  • Peripheral neuropathy
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Stress fracture

However, the two main causes of heel pain are plantar fasciitis and Achilles tendinitis. Here are the differences between these two common foot issues:

Plantar fasciitis

This condition is the result of inflamed plantar fascia, the thick band of tissue that runs from the bone of the heel to the tip of the foot. If this tissue is stretched too much it can cause inflammation.

Symptoms: You may notice pain under the foot that is more intense when you first start moving in the morning. As you move around, you may experience a lessening of your symptoms that may later flare up after physical activity or after standing for long periods of time.

Treatment: Most cases of plantar fasciitis can be treated through conservative at-home measures, but it’s important that you see your Houston foot doctors at the first sign of pain to make sure that your heel pain is the result of plantar fasciitis and not another condition.

Common treatments include:

  • Icing
  • Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs
  • Bracing or splinting
  • Rest
  • Avoiding high-impact physical activities

If these treatments don’t reduce your pain you may need to consider other options including:

  • Prescription pain medications
  • Electrical stimulation
  • Surgery (Rare)

Achilles tendinitis

This condition affects the Achilles tendon, which connects the back of the foot to the calf. Achilles tendinitis typically develops from overuse or through a sudden increase in either the intensity or duration of physical activity. As a result, microtears occur within the tendon that causes it to weaken and hurt.

Symptoms: A slight pain above the heel that you may notice most when walking or running. There may also be swelling and limited range of motion when you flex your foot.

Treatment: Fortunately, there are many ways to treat Achilles tendinitis including:

  • Avoiding certain strenuous physical activities
  • Stretching and strengthening exercises
  • Physical therapy
  • Icing the foot
  • Elevating the foot to reduce swelling
  • Wearing a compressive brace
  • Taking anti-inflammatory medication
  • Steroidal injections

If you want to get to the bottom of your heel pain then it’s time you turned to Coastal Foot & Ankle Associates in Houston, TX. Don’t let foot pain keep you from the things you love.