Many people use the New Year as a fresh start for exercise programs, which
is awesome. We love hearing about patients who make a commitment to their
health by becoming more physically active. For those of you who are incorporating
running into a new fitness regimen, you may be interested in checking
out the Houston Area Road Runners Association. This group of dedicated
runners advocate for, support, and promote our local running community,
and can be an invaluable resource for those who are interested in this exercise.
Of course, it can be tough to find the motivation to stay active when you
are dealing with heel pain. This is actually a common reason for patients
to visit our Houston, TX foot doctor office. There are various causes
for pain in your heels, but we are glad to say that most cases are effectively
treated with conservative treatment.
Perhaps the most common of all the potential sources of foot pain is plantar
fasciitis. This condition develops when a band of fibrous tissue that
extends along the bottom of the foot—the plantar fascia—becomes
inflamed due to excessive stress.
When foot pain strikes, the best first step you can take is to make an
appointment with us so we can diagnose the issue that is causing a problem.
As we create your treatment plan, you will see that home care for heel
pain can be quite helpful. This can include measures like:
Rest. Overuse might be the root cause of the problem, so your body simply needs
a little time to properly address the issue.
Ice. This is a great tactic for reducing both pain and inflammation in the
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). These pain relievers will reduce inflammation and painful symptoms, but
they are not for everyone, so be sure to adhere to our recommendations.
Stretch. If plantar fasciitis is the source of the pain, this can be especially
helpful. Flexible plantar fascia and Achilles tendons are less likely
to be overstretched and cause a problem.
Remember, foot and ankle pain is never normal. The pain is a sign that
your body needs some care, but make sure you see us so you can understand
what is wrong and then have a treatment plan prepared to properly address
it. Contact our Houston, TX podiatrist office by calling (713) 467-8886
for more information. You can also schedule your appointment with Houston
Foot Specialists online today.