What’s Causing Your Heel Pain?

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Does heel pain have you down? Occasional tired or achy feet are to be expected from our busy lives, but if you’re suffering from chronic heel pain that only seems to be getting worse, then it’s time to identify the source of your heel pain. In this blog we’ll talk about some of the most common causes of heel pain, and how you can do away with it and get back to doing the things you love most.

Plantar Fasciitis

             Plantar fasciitis is the most common cause of heel pain. This condition refers to an inflammation of the plantar fascia tissue that connects your heel to your toes. If you find that your heel pain is worst in the morning, it’s likely that you have plantar fasciitis. Treatments for this condition include:

  • Stretching – lightly exercising the injured area can strengthen it and reduce swelling

  • Sleeping splint – a brace worn at night can elongate the inflamed ligaments

  • Custom orthotics – personalized inserts will correct abnormal gait causing you pain

 Bruised Heel

             Sometimes, the cause of heel pain is more superficial that we know. Simple trauma can cause a nasty bruise that will take a long time to heal if not immediately tended to. If you’re an athlete, you can avoid a bruise by wearing properly fitted shoes for the exercise you’re performing. As soon as you start to feel a bruise, it’s imperative to rest, ice the injury, and elevate it.

Fractured Heel

             Severe trauma may result in a bone fracture, but it’s important that you don’t mistake it for a simple bruise. Left untreated, a fracture could cause you arthritis later in life, or require reconstructive surgery to repair.

             No matter what the cause of your heel pain is, it’s important that you have it evaluated by your local foot doctor as soon as possible. At the Foot and Ankle Centers of North Houston, our board-certified podiatrists are ready to help you find the cause of your heel pain and get you back on your feet. We’re 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 (281) 444-4114 today.