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Heel Pain

Family Foot & Ankle Specialists

Podiatrists & Foot & Ankle Surgeons located in Greenville, TX & Rockwall, TX

Heel pain is often caused by plantar fasciitis and/or heel spurs. If you ignore heel pain, it could become chronic and leave you unable to move or live your normal life. The podiatry care experts at Family Foot & Ankle Specialists in Greenville and Rockwall, Texas, diagnose the underlying reasons for your heel pain and then prescribe effective treatments to relieve the pain and restore normal foot movement. Steven Brancheau, DPM; Paul Brancheau, DPM; and Ryan Pinedo, DPM, can also help you avoid heel pain recurrence with customized advice and suggestions. Call the office or book an appointment using the online scheduler now.

Heel Pain Q & A

Why does my heel hurt?

If one or both of your heels hurt, there are a few different possible reasons. The conditions that cause heel pain most often include:

Plantar fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis is a condition in which the tissue band that connects your heel to your forefoot, the plantar fascia, develops small tears and becomes inflamed. 

Your plantar fascia absorbs shock whenever you're walking, running, or otherwise moving, and if it has to absorb considerable shock over a protracted period plantar fasciitis can develop. 

Plantar fasciitis typically causes severe heel pain, usually when you first get out of bed. It generally improves later in the day. It's common to have severe heel pain after running or walking long distances when you suffer from plantar fasciitis. 

Heel spurs

A heel spur is a bony growth, triggered by calcium deposits, that forms a small hook on the bottom of your heel. Generally, heel spurs aren't painful but they could cause pain in some cases. They're often associated with plantar fasciitis. 

Other foot or ankle problems could cause heel pain, as well. The only way to know why you're having heel pain is a comprehensive exam with your Family Foot & Ankle Specialists podiatrist. 

How is heel pain treated?

Heel pain treatment varies by patient and specific condition, but in most cases, a conservative approach is quite successful in relieving pain associated with plantar fasciitis or heel spurs. Some treatments that your Family Foot & Ankle Specialists podiatrist may prescribe include:

  • Rest
  • Custom orthotic shoe inserts
  • Taping or strapping your heel
  • Night splint to stretch your plantar fascia
  • Physical therapy
  • Foot exercises

In the worst cases, you might need surgery for heel pain. During plantar fascia release, your podiatrist can make a small cut in the plantar fascia to alleviate tension and inflammation. 

In a bone spur removal, your podiatrist typically makes an incision on the bottom of the heel to remove the bony growth in small pieces. 

How can I prevent heel pain in the future?

Choose shoes that fit well and always replace shoes with worn heels or soles promptly. Always do gentle muscle warm-ups before running, jogging, jumping, or doing anything that stresses your heels. If you have heel pain in the future, reach out for treatment fast so you can avoid chronic pain.

Help for heel pain is here. Call either Family Foot & Ankle Specialists location or book an appointment online now.