According to Gloucester Times, an online news publication, heel pain is “one of the most disabling foot conditions routinely seen by clinicians in orthopedic clinics across the country and can be a real challenge to deal with if not done so quickly.” Furthermore, the article states that for such a common problem, “there are few medical interventions that work as well as a conservative physical therapy approach.”

Heel pain can have a number of causes and it is important to seek the proper care to address these causes.  If you are experiencing heel pain you should seek out a podiatrist such as Dr. Stephen Eichelsdorfer of Town Center Foot & Ankle. Dr. Eichelsdorfer can diagnose any injuries you may have sustained as well as provide you with a range of treatment options.

Causes of Heel Pain

● Heel pain is often associated with plantar fasciitis. The plantar fascia is a band of tissues that extends along the bottom of the foot. A rip or tear in this ligament can cause inflammation of the tissue.

● Achilles tendonitis is another cause of heel pain. Inflammation of the Achilles tendon will cause pain from fractures and muscle tearing. Lack of flexibility is also another symptom.

● Heel spurs are another cause of pain. When the tissues of the plantar fascia undergo a great deal of stress, it can lead to ligament separation from the heel bone, causing heel spurs.

Why Might Heel Pain Occur?

– Wearing ill-fitting shoes
– Wearing non-supportive shoes
– Weight change
– Excessive running

Treatments

Heel pain should be treated as soon as possible for immediate results. Keeping your feet in a stress free environment will help. If you suffer from Achilles tendonitis or plantar fasciitis, applying ice will reduce the swelling. Stretching before an exercise like running will help the muscles. Using all these tips will help make heel pain a thing of the past.

With the advancements in technology and greater knowledge of how muscles and joints work, physical therapists can turn things around dramatically.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices in Kingwood, Livingston, and Humble, TX.  We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.