Heel Pain

Sweetwater Sports Medicine of Oakbend Medical Center

Physical Therapist located in Sugar Land, TX

Are you skipping your workouts because of the pain you feel in your heel afterward? Do you have a difficult time walking first thing in the morning? The team of Sweetwater Sports Medicine at OakBend Medical Center in Sugar Land, Texas provides treatment for numerous causes of heel pain, including plantar fasciitis, which is an inflammation of the tissue that runs along the bottom of your foot. If you need relief from heel pain, call today or book an appointment online.

Heel Pain Q & A

What causes heel pain?

You may be experiencing heel pain for several possible reasons, including:

  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Achilles tendonitis
  • Heel spur
  • Osteomyelitis
  • Stress fracture
  • Peripheral neuropathy

Plantar fasciitis is the most common cause of heel pain. If you’re experiencing pain and are unsure of the cause, your physician may be able to provide an accurate diagnosis, recommend certain tests, or refer you to a specialist.

What is plantar fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is an inflammation of the thick band of tissue that runs from your toes to your heel, referred to as the plantar fascia. Your plantar fascia acts as a shock-absorber for your foot, but too much pressure can cause tiny tears in the tissue, leading to inflammation and pain.

Plantar fasciitis is very common and can happen to anyone, but it most frequently affects runners, people who carry excess weight, and people who wear shoes that don’t provide proper support.

You might think you can muscle through the pain, but ignoring plantar fasciitis and not getting treatment may worsen it and cause more problems down the line, such as knee, back, or hip issues.

What are the symptoms of plantar fasciitis?

The most common symptoms of plantar fasciitis include:

  • Pain during your first step in the morning or after sitting for a long period
  • Pain after you exercise

What treatments are available for heel pain?

If you’re experiencing heel pain, whether due to plantar fasciitis or another cause, the team at Sweetwater Sports Medicine can develop a treatment plan to reduce the pain, which might include:

  • Stretching your foot and legs
  • Exercises to strengthen the muscles in your feet and calves
  • Ultrasonography to stimulate healing of the fascia
  • Developing a home exercise program
  • Night splints to wear while you sleep that stretch your calf and foot muscles
  • Orthotics for more foot support

How can I prevent heel pain?

The Sweetwater Sports Medicine team recommends that you continue your home exercise program even after you’ve completed your in-office therapy to reduce the recurrence of your heel pain.

You can also prevent heel pain by:

  • Wearing supportive shoes
  • Maintaining a healthy weight
  • Stretching your foot arches and calves regularly
  • Icing as needed

If you’re experiencing heel pain, call or book an appointment online to get expert physical therapy from the team at Sweetwater Sports Medicine.