Podiatrist - Houston
1140 Business Center Drive Suite 510
Houston, TX 77043
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For about half the population, waking up in the morning is a difficult enough task in and of itself, often requiring copious amounts of caffeine and perhaps the incentive of a delicious pastry to finally roll out of bed and begrudgingly take on a new day. The other half might be able to spring right into action, but parties from both camps are slowed when they experience intense heel pain first thing in the morning.
The structural culprit behind morning heel pain is often your plantar fascia. This thick band of fibrous tissue runs lengthwise across the bottom of your foot and connects the heel bone to your toes. It acts essentially as a bowstring and helps the bones maintain an arch. When you step, the elastic ligament stretches and lengthens the arch of your foot. It also assists in absorbing force and bearing your bodyweight.
Plantar fasciitis is a common condition that leads to sharp, stabbing pain with the first steps in the morning. After a few minutes of moving around, when your foot has become limber, the pain will subside, but it is prone to returning after you sit or stand in place for an extended period of time. This condition results from excessive tension placed upon the fascia, which then causes small tears in the fibrous tissue. Repetitive tearing and stretching leads to inflammation and irritation.
There are various risk factors that can lead to this condition, including:
Before we begin treatment for this condition, it is important to perform an accurate diagnosis to ensure that your issue is not bursitis, Achilles tendinitis, a stress fracture, or any other issue that could also result in heel pain. Once we have established that it is, in fact, plantar fasciitis, our knowledgeable foot specialist will develop an effective treatment plan.
Most of the treatment options for plantar fasciitis are both conservative and generally successful in taking care of this ailment. A combination of the following measures will typically provide the relief and care you need:
If you need expert care for any condition that results in foot or heel pain, Houston Foot Specialists is here for you. We offer a friendly staff, state-of-the-art treatment, and the expertise to eliminate your pain and get you back to enjoying the things you love to do. Schedule an appointment with our Houston, TX office by calling (713) 467-8886 or use our online form.
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1140 Business Center Drive
Houston, TX 77043