Heel Pain Shown to be One of the Most Disabling Foot Conditions in America

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.

According to Gloucester Times, an online news publication, heel pain is “one of the most disabling foot conditions routinely seen by clinicians in orthopedic clinics across the country and can be a real challenge to deal with if not done so quickly.” Furthermore, the article states that for such a common problem, “There are few medical interventions that work as well as a conservative physical therapy approach.”

Heel pain can be caused by a number of different factors, including plantar fasciitis. It is recommended that you seek the care of a podiatrist like, Dr. Robert Parker of Parker Foot and Ankle if you are experiencing pain in your heel or foot. Dr. Parker will examine your feet and heels to determine the cause of your pain and provide appropriate treatment options.

Causes of Heel Pain

  • Heel pain is often associated with plantar fasciitis. The plantar fascia is a band of tissues that extends along the bottom of the foot. A rip or tear in this ligament can cause inflammation of the tissue.

  • Achilles tendonitis is another cause of heel pain. Inflammation of the Achilles tendon will cause pain from fractures and muscle tearing. Lack of flexibility is also another symptom.

  • Heel spurs are another cause of pain. When the tissues of the plantar fascia undergo a great deal of stress, it can lead to ligament separation from the heel bone, causing heel spurs.

Why Might Heel Pain Occur?

  • Wearing ill-fitting shoes                 

  • Wearing non-supportive shoes

  • Weight change          

  • Excessive running


Heel pain should be treated as soon as possible for immediate results. Keeping your feet in a stress free environment will help. If you suffer from Achilles tendonitis or plantar fasciitis, applying ice will reduce the swelling. Stretching before an exercise like running will help the muscles. Using all these tips will help make heel pain a thing of the past.

With the advancements in technology and greater knowledge of how muscles and joints work, physical therapists can turn things around dramatically.    

If you have any questions, contact our office in Houston, TX. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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