Treating Heel Pain at Home

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 affected heel.
  • 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.

Categories: Heel Pain