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By Aleisha Allen DPM
April 14, 2015
Category: Heel Pain
Tags: Pain   heel  

It’s normal to hear the word “stress” and think about endless to-do lists or tight, anxiety-inducing deadlines. April is National Stress Awareness Month, a time to consider the effects that stress has on your emotional and mental state of health. Keep in mind that stress also refers to physical force, such as when shoes pressure the backs of your heels and cause Haglund’s deformity. Heel pain is a key symptom of this condition, but stretching exercises may provide relief.

There are a variety of nonsurgical treatment methods for the pain caused by this bony bump, including icing the area, wearing heel pads, and shoe modifications. Another conservative treatment option is using stretches to alleviate tension in your Achilles tendon. One nice part of this technique is that you can start doing it today in the comfort of your own home. Here are some stretches that can help:

  • Calf Raises – Stand on the bottom step of a staircase while facing the ascending stairs. Keeping your toes and balls of the feet on the step, allow your heels and mid-feet to hang over the edge. Slowly rise up on your toes and feel the stretch in your calf muscles, hold for 2-3 seconds, and then slowly lower your heels below the step. You may need to hold the rail or place your hand on the wall for support.
  • Towel Scrunches – Place a towel flat on the floor in front of a chair. Remove your socks and shoes and sit down with your heels at the edge of the towel. Extend your foot and “grab” as much of the towel as you can with your toes. Pull it back, underneath your feet, and repeat until you run out of towel.
  • Towel Stretches – Staying barefoot, sit on the ground with your legs extended. Use your towel to loop over your upper feet and grasp one end in each hand. Gently pull back so your feet stretch towards your calves.

Sometimes you need more than a stretching program to find relief from the heel pain caused by Haglund’s deformity. When this is the case, make an appointment to see our caring staff at Houston Foot Specialists. Receive the effective treatment you need by calling (713) 467-8886, or use our online form to request an appointment at our Houston, TX office today!

By Aleisha Allen DPM
April 06, 2015
Category: Heel Pain

Everything in life has its respective pros and cons. When you live in Houston, TX, you find that big city living certainly has its fair share of each. One of the many “pros” of living here is the abundance of races and fun runs for dedicated runners. In March alone, there were 45 races you could have completed! Not surprisingly, there are also pros and cons for running. One of those “cons” is that you might develop plantar fasciitis (a common overuse injury).

You don't have to run with heel painThe pros of running are numerous. Improved circulatory and respiratory systems, better mental and emotional health, burned calories, and even better sleep. This is certainly an activity we endorse. There are potential cons, like plantar fasciitis, but fortunately many are preventable.

You are sure to recognize plantar fasciitis when you wake in the morning with heel pain. The pain comes back throughout the day after you have been sitting or standing in place for an extended period and then take a couple of steps. No one wants to experience that, so let’s help decrease your risk!

A proper stretching regimen can prevent a majority of injuries, including plantar fasciitis. Another prevention tip to consider, though, is to cross-train (perform varying activities instead of just one). Cross-training not only helps prevent common overuse injuries from running, but it also provides a more well-rounded physical fitness.

Adding activities that work your body in different ways leads to better overall health. Since running is a high-impact exercise, it is a good idea to compliment it with low-impact ones, like yoga, bicycling, and swimming. Swimming exercises your entire body, but without harsh impact. Bicycling works your cardiorespiratory systems in a similar way to running.

If you already are looking for help with heel pain from plantar fasciitis, incorporating yoga into your workout program may ultimately provide the relief you need. As you go through the various yoga poses, you will stretch the plantar fasciae—the bands of tissue running along the bottom of your feet—and make them more limber, thereby decreasing your risk of the condition.

Whether you would simply like more information on how to prevent heel pain—or are suffering and want help with plantar fasciitis from a foot doctor in Houston, TX—Houston Foot Specialists is here for you. Call our office today at (713) 467-8886 or use our online form to request an appointment. 

By Aleisha Allen, DPM
March 31, 2015
Category: Footwear

Using inserts with high heels.Houston, TX offers residents and visitors a plethora of opportunities that you may not be able to experience elsewhere. One example is “Make a Something Sunday” hosted by Three Dimensional Visions. In this 30-minute class, you will learn about glass blowing and actually help make a small “something” that is seasonally appropriate. Now, at Houston Foot Specialists we might not use flaming furnaces to create glass artwork, but we do know a thing or two about crafting custom orthotics that help with heel pain!

Whatever you have planned for today, you do not want to start it off with heel pain. When you have plantar fasciitis, though, that is typically how your day begins. This condition is caused by excessive stress on your plantar fascia which results in overtightening, inflammation and tearing. That sharp, shooting pain under your foot first thing in the morning is part of a cycle where the ligament tightens up at night and then develops new tears with the first steps of the day.

When it comes to dealing with this condition, conservative treatment methods are often quite effective, including the use of orthotics. These medical devices are inserts for your shoes that are crafted especially for your unique feet by our office. The specific type of orthotic that works best for you will depend on various factors but may include arch supports, cushioned insoles, or heel cups. We will carefully evaluate your feet and determine which will work best for you.

You can find over-the-counter inserts at virtually any major retailer or nationwide pharmacy, but those are not the same as the prescribed medical devices we offer. Much like the artisan glass blowers, we are expert when it comes to producing quality inserts that are customized. Mass-produced products do not take into account your unique gait and foot structure, so make sure you are treated by a true foot professional.

You can find such professionals here at Houston Foot Specialists. We work with you to identify the source of your pain and then provide the relief you need. If this entails custom orthotics to treat your heal pain, rest assured that we will create ones that actually treat the condition. Contact our Houston, TX office by calling (713) 467-8886 or using our online form today.

By Aleisha Allen, DPM
March 24, 2015
Category: Heel Pain

Staying Active with Heel Pain


When you live with the heel pain that accompanies plantar fasciitis, it can be tough when you want to make a difference by participating in fun runs that raise money for worthy causes. One such example is the Superhero Heart Run Houston 5K. This event gives you the opportunity to make a positive impact in the lives of children born with congenital heart defects (CHD). By participating in Houston, TX on March 29, you can be a hero for the brave little ones with CHD by helping raise awareness for the cause. We want to help all you potential superheroes out there by not letting a heel issue stand in your way of saving lives.


Contrary to how you may feel, it is possible to stay active with plantar fasciitis and, when done carefully, it can actually help the condition. When your plantar fascia becomes inflamed and leads to heel pain, it is typically a result of overtraining, neglecting stretches, or doing too much hill running.

If your condition stems from overtraining, the first step you need to take is to cut back on the mileage for the time being and then proceed by not increasing your distances more than 10 percent per week.

Take a second and consider your stretching routine. (You do have one, right?) Does it include a proper focus on your calf muscles? Stretching your calves is essential, because your Achilles tendon connects to the bottom of the calf muscle and the heel. If your calves are tight, the tendons pull with greater force against the heels and ultimately lead to greater strain on your plantar fascia.

In addition to cutting back your mileage and stretching your calves, incorporate rest days into your workout program to avoid overtraining. If you have flat feet or high arches, you may need arch supports or orthotics to stay active while avoiding injury.

When you develop heel pain, come in and see us at Houston Foot Specialists. We will give you an accurate diagnosis and the treatment you need, so that you can get back to running pain-free. It is our goal to see that you are able to participate in events like the Superhero Heart Run and support worthwhile causes like creating awareness and support for CHD. Schedule an appointment with our Houston, TX office by calling (713) 467-8886 or using our online form today.

By Aleisha Allen, DPM
March 16, 2015
Category: Heel Pain
Tags: Plantar Fasciitis  

Tips to Manage Heel PainSpring is here! This time of year presents a perfect opportunity to embark on a new running program to improve your physical fitness and make you feel alive. Running offers a wide array of benefits, but if you aren’t careful, you may end up experiencing heel pain due to a condition known as plantar fasciitis.

Plantar fasciitis is marked by a shooting pain in the bottom of your heel first thing in the morning. The pain is often at its worst in your first few steps of the day. It is also typically triggered when you take steps after sitting or standing for long periods.

If this sounds like the condition that you are dealing with, here are some tips to help you manage your heel pain at home:

  • Stretch – The best treatment for this ailment is a stretching regimen that targets your calf muscles, Achilles tendon, and plantar fascia. Contact our office to find out which stretches we recommend to help improve your condition.
  • Ice – Whether done traditionally (holding cloth-covered ice on the affected area), or as a massage, icing your injury will help reduce inflammation and pain. An “ice massage” is simply a matter of freezing a paper cup full of water and then rolling it over your plantar fascia for five to seven minutes.
  • Cross training – While you are recovering from plantar fasciitis, replace running with low-impact activities like swimming or bicycling. After you are fully recovered from the ailment, continue to keep these low-impact activities as part of your workout routine. It will help to prevent injuries, provide greater overall fitness, and keep exercising interesting.
  • Weight management – Getting down to, and maintaining, a healthy weight is essential for a variety of physical benefits, including decreased risk of foot and ankle injury.

  • Footwear – When you purchase shoes, pick supportive models with low-to-moderate heels, shock absorbency, and good arch support. Make sure that you buy new shoes before your old ones no longer cushion and support your feet. Runners should replace them after around 500 miles.

These tips can certainly help you to manage your heel pain at home, but first come in and see the professionals at Houston Foot Specialists. We can provide an accurate diagnosis of what’s causing your discomfort and establish an effective treatment plan just for you. Contact our Houston, TX office today by calling (713) 467-8886 or using our online form.

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