Foot doctor for heel pain relief in Katy, Cypress, Galleria, & Memorial.
The heel bone is one of the most important because it is the largest bone in the foot and consists of more than 100 tendons muscles and ligaments. Heel pain can occur in the front back or bottom of the heel.
When one has heel pain it recommended to visit our office to determine the most appropriate treatment option for your heel pain. Heel pain may becaused by excessive stress on the foot, by an injury, wearing poorly constructed footwear, or being overweight.
Achilles tendinitis, inflammation of the Achilles can cause pain in the back of the heel. It is common among people who run or walk a lot.
Bone bruises are common when dealing with heel pain.
Stress fractures can cause pain to the heel but are rare.
Types of Heel Pain
The heel spur is a common cause of heel pain. The spur appears as a bony outgrowth which can only be seen with an X-ray. When there is no bone growth, the condition is sometimes referred to as “heel spur syndrome.”
Heel spurs are a result from continued strain on the muscles and ligaments of the foot. It may result from biomechanical imbalance, running or jogging, improperly fitted or worn out shoes, or obesity.
Plantar fasciitis is the pain and inflammation of a thick band of tissues (plantar fascia). It is one of the most common causes of heel pain. It happens frequently to athletes who run and jump a lot.
The condition happens when the plantar fascia tenses over time causing the soft tissue fibers of fascia to tear or stretch. That can lead to inflammation, pain, or possibly the growth of a bone spur. Resting will help for temporary relief but may return after resting for long periods or walking long distances.
Heel Pain Treatment Options - Katy TX
If inflammation, pain, redness, or swelling exists, limit daily activities and contact our office for an evaluation.
1. At home care:
Wear shoes that fit properly
Wear proper shoes for each activity
Do not wear worn out shoes
Stretch before exercising
Rest your body and eat nutritiously
If overweight, lose weight
Avoid walking on unbalanced surfaces
Avoid being barefoot on hard surfaces
If your heel hurts, stop immediately
2. Office treatment – conservative:
Oral, topical, or injectable medications
Shoes and exercise recommendations
Taping or strapping
The use of orthotics or shoe inserts
Normally, these procedures can treat the majority of heel/arch pain without the need for surgery. However, sometimes surgery can be required to release the plantar fascia, remove a spur, remove the bursa, or remove a neuroma or other soft-tissue growth.