With each mile you walk, you put roughly 60 tons of stress on each of your feet, which can lead to issues with ongoing heel pain. Before your heel pain progresses another day, schedule an evaluation with our board-certified foot and ankle specialists at Foot & Ankle Institute in Katy or West Houston. Call our offices or request an appointment online for a heel pain exam.

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What causes heel pain?

You have over two dozen bones in each of your feet, but your heel bone is the largest. It’s also usually the first part of your foot to hit the ground with each step you take, so it’s certainly easy to injure. Heel pain can stem from a wide variety of issues, including:

  • Arthritis
  • Bursitis
  • Heel spur
  • Neuropathy
  • Stone bruise
  • Stress fractures
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Achilles tendonitis
  • Haglund’s deformity

No matter what’s causing your heel pain, getting started on treatment quickly can delay further progression and, of course, provide relief from agonizing foot pain.

Do I need to see a podiatrist for heel pain?

Yes! Heel pain isn’t something you should ignore or assume may go away. Since your feet are always under stress, chances are, the underlying heel pain-causing condition is only going to progress and worsen. It’s important to have a thorough heel pain evaluation at Foot & Ankle Institute if you’re experiencing:

  • Tenderness or swelling
  • Pain that worsens with activity
  • Inability to flex or point your foot
  • Difficulty bearing weight on the affected foot

Foot & Ankle Institute is a premier foot and ankle clinic where you can receive digital X-ray or ultrasound images right in the office. This way, you won’t have to go anywhere else, and our doctors can often diagnose you on the spot.

How is heel pain treated?

Once one of our doctors diagnose you, they will sit and talk with you about all of your possible heel pain therapy options. It’s usually best to combine treatments, such as:

  • Activity modifications
  • Custom-molded orthotics
  • Casting, splinting or bracing
  • Physical therapy or daily stretches
  • Extracorporeal shockwave therapy (ESWT)
  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)

If conservative heel pain treatments aren’t enough or if you have a complex issue, our doctors might recommend surgery to make any essential repairs. Rest assured, no matter which type of heel pain treatment is right for your needs you can expect effective relief at Foot & Ankle Institute.

Before your heel pain flares up another day, contact Foot & Ankle Institute for an evaluation. Click on the online scheduler or call to book your heel pain evaluation.