Steps to Treat Heel Pain That Seems to Last Forever

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 painWe all have regrets in life, like gorging at the all-you-can-eat buffet at Kim Son Restaurant or Dimassi’s Mediterranean Buffet, and then stepping on the scale the next morning! If you’ve tried waiting out a foot problem and now are suffering from chronic heel pain, you probably regret that, too. It’s never too late to get help, though. Even if plantar fasciitis is making your first few steps each morning an agony, we can help.

Our goal is to use conservative treatment for this and other painful foot problems, and that is usually possible. However, there is one caveat: you really need to follow the program faithfully, or your foot pain may continue to cause you daily regret.

Step 1: Use ice therapy. Twice a day, apply a cloth covered ice pack to the painful area for about 15 to 20 minutes to numb the pain and reduce inflammation. We may prescribe medications to help with these symptoms too.

Step 2: Support your feet. Sometimes just changing out your shoes for a pair with the correct support can give your feet what they need. We’ll help you find the right style, and then you need to wear them whenever you are on your feet. Sorry—but wearing flimsy flats, clogs, or flip flops will put you right back where you started. We may also have you try a special support pad that fits in your shoes to see if there is improvement.

Step 3: Stretch the gastrocnemius muscles in your calves. We’ll show you how to do these exercises correctly so there is no pain, and then it’s up to you to do them faithfully 2 or 3 times each day.

Step 4: Rest. The damage to your feet will not heal if you insist on continuing your running routine or taking long daily walks. You can try bicycling or swimming to keep in shape, but avoid impact activities until your foot is better.

This regimen can vastly improve your discomfort in just a couple of weeks. If it doesn’t, we can explore options like custom orthotics, electrical stimulation, ultrasound, laser treatment, night splints, or others. Let Parker Foot & Ankle help you solve your problem with chronic heel pain. Call our Houston, TX office at (281) 497-2850 to set up your visit, or schedule online using our contact form. You can also request our free book When Your Heels Hurt...You Hurt All Over! with no obligation.

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