The largest bone in your foot is the heel and if it is injured or overused heel pain can be experienced. The pain affects the back of your heel or the underside of the foot. Heel pain is not necessarily a symptom of an underlying condition, but it interferes with your normal activities. If overused to injure the pain ranges from mild to disabling and if you experience heel pain Houston, you need to have a podiatrist examine your foot.
Causes of heel pain
There are common causes of heel pain such as sprains, strains, and fractures, which are injuries from physical activities. Heel pain can be caused by underlying conditions such as plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendonitis, bursitis, ankylosing spondylitis, osteochondrosis,and reactivearthritis.
How to treat heel pain?
There are several home remedies that you need to try
- Resting is the number one solution to heel pain
- Twice a day 10 -15 minutes a day apply ice on the inflamed area.
- Take over the counter medications.
- Wear proper-fitting shoes.
- use a night splint to stretch your foot while you sleep.
- Use shoe inserts and heel lifts to reduce foot pain.
If the pain affects your daily movements or has caused a change in the way you walk, chances of losing your balance and falling are high leaving you prone to other injuries. It might be best to visit a podiatrist.
If you try all home care remedies and the pain is not eased, then you need to visit a podiatrist.
Once at the podiatrists they will conduct a physical exam and ask about the history of the pain. When the pain began and what symptoms you are experiencing. The podiatrist might order an X-ray that will reveal the cause of the heel pain. With the cause identified the appropriate treatment is administered. In cases of other underlying conditions, the doctor treats the underlying condition and heel pain at the same time to effectively relieve the heel of the pain.
In most cases, the doctor will prescribe physical therapy alongside treatment. Physical therapy strengthens tendons and muscles in your foot to support the motion of the foot and it strengthens the tendons and muscles to prevent further heel injury. In severe pain, anti-inflammatory medications might be administered orally or by injections.
The foot might be supported by taping or by using special footwear devices. In rare cases, surgery can be administered to correct the problem though it might not relieve your foot pain. The surgery takes a long recovery time.
Heel pain prevention
Though you cannot prevent all cases of heel pain you can avoid injuries and prevent pain.
- Wear proper-fitting shoes that support the foot.
- When undertaking a physical activity wear the right shoes.
- Always stretch before exercising
- Pace during physical activities.
- Maintain a healthy diet always.
- If your muscles ache and you feel tired just rest.
- Maintain a healthy weight always.
There is no cause for alarm if you experience heel pain try the home remedies but if in three weeks you feel no change please consult a doctor.