If you are one of the many Houston, TX runners in our community, it’s
awesome to know you can choose from so many different road races all year-long.
Even better, these runs are often used to support worthy causes like
Girls on the Run, the MD Anderson’s Breast Cancer Research and Prevention fund, and the
Texas Gulf Coast Arts Festival.
It doesn’t actually matter if you are an elite runner or a newbie
when participating in a “fun run” – the goal is to raise
money for a charity. That said, if you have pain in the back of your foot,
come see us for heel pain treatment long before lacing up your running
do have proper running shoes, right??) and pinning on the bib that has your
designated racing number.
When we discuss nonsurgical treatment options for
heel pain, we are talking about:
Rest. Your body needs time to conduct natural healing processes, so it is a
wise idea to avoid or limit high-impact activities for a while. To maintain
your physical conditioning, swap out exercises and sports that feature
running on hard surfaces and frequent jumping (like basketball) for low-impact
ones. Swimming, cycling, and yoga are all great options.
Ice. Besides relieving pain, an icing regimen can help to reduce swelling in
the area. For optimal benefit, apply ice or an ice pack wrapped in a thin
towel (to protect your skin) 20 minutes at a time, a handful of times
throughout the day.
Medication. Make sure you consult with our office first—we will steer you in
the right direction when it comes to types and dosage recommendations—but
over-the-counter nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications can be quite
beneficial for both pain relief and inflammation control.
Stretching. Plantar fasciitis and Achilles tendinitis are common sources of heel pain,
but a regular stretching program can both treat an existing case and prevent
these soft tissue injuries from happening in the first place.
Orthotics and inserts. Depending on the cause of the heel pain, you may find that a pair of shoe
inserts or custom orthotics will provide the relief you need. We may recommend
certain kinds of shoe inserts that cushion the heel and provide arch support,
or prescribe orthotic devices that are customized for your unique feet
and gait pattern.
You can practice certain conservative heel pain treatment methods in the
comfort of your own home, but be sure to come see us first. Houston Foot
Specialists will create a plan based on your injury, give you specific
instructions, and answer any questions you have. For more information
on treating heel pain, or to schedule an appointment with our Houston
office, simply call (713) 467-8886. If you’d prefer, take advantage of
our online form to request your visit today.