Explore and Discover: Seeking Heel Pain Treatments

Dr. Robert 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.

Exploring can turn up some unexpected, but interesting, things. For example, taking time to explore Houston—even when you’re from the area—can take you to some of the attractions you’ve just never had time to see, or dig up hidden gems you didn’t know were there. You could “discover” one of the city’s impressive museums or many parks, or ask someone to point you toward their favorite restaurant or coffee place. When you have heel pain, exploring your diagnosis and treatment options can also turn up interesting and helpful remedies to manage your pain and heal your lower limbs.

Heel pain has many potential causes, so before you begin any treatment, you’ll do best if you know the cause of your discomfort. Remedies for heel bursitis are not the same as treatments for plantar fasciitis. Once you have a better idea of what you need, however, you can “discover” what methods work best for your own lower limbs. Here are a few options for treating heel pain you might use for your feet:

  • Ice – Ice is a natural anti-inflammatory and decreases swelling as well. Ice the painful area for some quick relief from heel pain.
  • Stretches and Exercises – Physical therapy stretches and strengthening exercises loosen tight or shortened tissues that may be aggravating your condition.
  • Orthotics – These special inserts adjust how your foot strikes the ground and handles pressure. This can alleviate strain on your heels, reducing pain.
  • Shoe Changes – Some shoes contribute to heel problems, particularly if their soles are too flat or have high heels. Switch to styles with cushioned, supportive soles.
  • Alternate Methods – Other products like night splints and heel pads also reduce pressure on the back of the foot and may benefit you.

In some cases, we might also recommend anti-inflammatory medication. 

Just remember, when you’re exploring your heel pain and recovery, let the experts help. Our team at Parker Foot & Ankle in Houston, TX, can diagnose the specific cause of your condition and help you put together a treatment plan for your recovery. Just call (281) 497-2850 to make an appointment at our Houston, TX, office location.
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