Recovering from Heel Pain: Culprits That Slow You Down

Robert G. Parker
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Dr. Parker is a podiatrist and surgeon in Houston, TX who has been helping patients for more than 40 years.

Heel painA favorite ploy of mystery writers is to throw in a few red herrings to pull the reader’s attention away from the real culprit. Unless you are a mystery buff, you are likely to be drawn off by the false leads. In some ways, foot specialists can fall victim to the same process: we might go for the obvious when diagnosing heel pain (plantar fasciitis) and miss the clues that lead us to the real cause. Treating your sore heels for one condition when they are really caused by another can lengthen your recovery time, and Parker Foot & Ankle in Houston doesn’t want that to happen to you.

When you come to our office, we’ll be asking you lots of questions to discover which of the multiple etiologies may be causing your heel pain (fracture, bruise, entrapped nerve, bursitis, spurs/bone growths, or tendonitis, to name a few). Sometimes you can have more than one condition concurrently, such as inflammation or swelling from another injury that also presses on a nerve. That’s why we take the time to delve deeper into the causes of heel pain with a heel scoring questionnaire and testing with diagnostic ultrasound or a Pressure Specified Sensory Device (PSSD®).

While custom orthotics may be great for treating plantar fasciitis, and heel cups may help with heel pain from Achilles tendonitis, they may not do much for heel pain from nerve entrapment. Why suffer for months using conservative treatments when you may be able to get almost immediate relief with a surgical procedure? It’s time to rethink how we diagnose heel pain and focus on methods that show us the true etiology of your discomfort—no more following red herrings!

For expert foot care focused on accurate diagnosis for the quickest recovery, call Parker Foot & Ankle in Houston, TX at (281) 497-2850 to schedule an appointment. Find out more about our practice and learn tips for foot health by visiting us on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest, too, and be sure to let us know how we are doing!

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