Heel pain is one of the most frequent complaints podiatrists will hear around the office. And for a good reason, too. Heel pain is most commonly associated with an inflammation of the plantar fascia tendon that connects your heel to the ball of your foot. Heel pain, or plantar fasciitis, can pose a serious threat to your mobility when left untreated. If you find that your heels are sore, tingly, or burning first thing in the morning or after periods of prolonged use, you might be experiencing plantar fasciitis. Let’s talk about some common at-home and in-office treatments that will get you back on your feet.
Just like with any foot condition, you don’t want to delay scheduling an appointment with your podiatrist. However, in the time leading up to your appointment, there are a few ways you can relieve your heel pain at home.
Apply ice – taking some time off your feet to ice your heel for about 15 minutes will reduce swelling
Use over-the-counter pain relievers – medications like Advil or ibuprofen can help you manage pain
Stretch your plantar fascia – performing exercises that gently stretch your plantar fascia will loosen the inflamed areas
When you do make it in to see your foot doctor, there are a variety of treatments he or she may prescribe. At the Foot and Ankle Centers of North Houston, we’ve found that conservative treatments are usually best for treating heel pain. In-office treatments might include:
Foot orthotics – these shoe inserts will be made for your feet specifically and will correct any abnormal gait causing you heel pain
Cortisone shot – a simple cortisone shot will temporarily eliminate extreme swelling to allow the healing process to begin
Foot surgery – in severe circumstances, conservative options may not be completely effective, and your doctor may resort to surgery
Don’t let heel pain get you down. Millions of people suffer from this foot condition every year and find relief. Our board-certified doctors are ready to work with your specific needs and find the heel pain treatment that suits your lifestyle. The Foot and Ankle Centers of North Houston are proud to offer convenient locations in Northwest Houston, Northeast Houston, Tomball, Liberty Dayton, The Woodlands, Atascocita, Cleveland, and Livingston. Make an appointment online or call today at (281) 444-4114.