Heel pain can strike at any time, interfering with your mobility and quality of life. Though most heel pain doesn’t point to a more serious health problem, heel pain that persists for weeks or even months at a time can keep you from participating in your favorite activities. At South Texas Podiatrist in San Antonio, Texas, Eddie Davis, DPM, offers a number of cutting-edge treatments to relieve heel pain and help you feel better. Request your consultation today by calling the office or clicking the online booking tool.
Heel pain is any type of pain or discomfort that affects the back or underside of your heel. Sometimes heel pain is dull and throbbing; other times it’s sharp and stabbing. No matter the type of heel pain you experience, it’s important not to ignore it.
If you regularly experience heel pain and it doesn’t respond to conservative measures of care, such as rest, ice, or elevation, make an appointment with Dr. Davis at South Texas Podiatrist as soon as possible.
Heel pain can develop for a number of reasons, but the two most common causes are plantar fasciitis and Achilles tendonitis. You might also develop heel pain as a result of:
You might also experience heel pain as the result of a sports-related injury. This is particularly true if you rupture or partially tear your Achilles tendon.
Most heel pain resolves on its own with at-home measures of care such as ice, rest, and light exercise. However, you should make an appointment with Dr. Davis right away if your heel pain causes a fever, prevents you from walking or putting weight on your affected foot, or causes severe swelling.
You should also schedule an appointment with Dr. Davis if your heel pain continues when you aren’t standing or walking or if it lasts longer than a week. Left untreated, heel pain may lead to a more serious problem.
Treatment for heel pain depends on the source of your discomfort and the severity of your symptoms. Whenever possible, Dr. Davis recommends conservative, noninvasive measures of care, such as physical therapy to ease swelling, custom orthotics, corticosteroid injections, or extracorporeal shockwave therapy (ESWT).
If these measures of care don’t ease your symptoms or significantly improve your pain, more invasive treatments may be necessary. Dr. Davis has more than two decades of experience performing arthroscopic podiatric surgeries including Achilles tendon reattachments.
Don’t let heel pain prevent you from participating in activities you love. Seek treatment at South Texas Podiatrist today by calling the office or by clicking the online booking tool.