Heel pain can make going through your daily activities difficult and uncomfortable. Instead of altering your routine, eliminate your pain. At Alliance Foot & Ankle Specialists, the experienced team of podiatrists find the cause of your heel pain and work to relieve it. With two convenient locations in Grapevine and Keller, Texas, there’s no reason to wait. Call the office today to schedule your appointment.
Plantar fasciitis is the most common cause of heel pain, especially if heel pain occurs when you get out of bed in the morning. This condition results from inflammation of your plantar fascia, a flat band that that runs from your toes to your heel.
Although anyone can develop plantar fasciitis, it’s most common in athletes, people with diabetes, runners, pregnant women, and obese people.
Heel spurs also lead to heel pain. These painful growths occur where your plantar fascia attaches to your heel bone and are typically present in runners and obese people. Wearing poorly fitting and worn-out shoes can aggravate the condition.
Achilles tendonitis refers to overuse of the Achilles tendon and is another common cause of heel pain. Whole-body autoimmune diseases such as gout and rheumatoid arthritis can attack the heel area and lead to pain.
In other cases, fractures, strains, and sprains can cause heel pain.
At Alliance Foot & Ankle Specialists, your podiatrist often recommends treating mild heel pain at home. When your heel hurts, let it rest. Avoid sports and unnecessary activities that can stress your foot. If you stand at work, try to sit every few hours, if possible.
Icing your heel for 15 minutes up to three times a day can reduce inflammation and swelling while stretching exercises can improve healing and function. Over-the-counter pain relievers can also temporarily reduce your heel pain.
To keep your condition from worsening, provide cushioning and shock absorption with a heel cup, cradle, or orthotic. Make sure your shoes have good arch support and are not worn out.
The cause of your heel pain often determines which treatment your podiatrist recommends. In many cases, heel pain goes away on its own with rest and proper shoe fittings. Furthermore, your doctor may suggest:
In rare and extreme cases, the team at Alliance Foot & Ankle Specialists may suggest foot surgery.
When heel pain keeps you from doing the things you love, it’s time to find a solution. Contact the team with over 30 years of experience at Alliance Foot & Ankle Specialists — call today.