Heel Pain is one of the most common symptoms we see in our office. There are multiple causes of heel pain, but most are equally uncomfortable.
Common causes of heel pain include:
At North Texas Foot & Ankle, we offer a variety of treatments in our Dallas area office for heel pain. The treatment program we design for you will be based off of your needs and conditions.
We offer conservative treatments to begin your program, including stretching exercises, taping, ice therapies, heat therapies, physical therapy, night splints, medical grade inserts, and custom orthotics.
Inserts or orthotic devices are shoe inserts which help return your foot to the neutral position it is intended to hold. Biomechanical, or structural, problems with your feet can lead to heel pain. A few examples of these types of problems would include over pronation, in-toeing, out-toeing,and either high or low arch height. All of these can contribute to or cause your heel pain, and can lead to misalignments which cause ankle, knee, hip, or lower back pain.
Inserts/Orthotics help support your foot and distribute your weight correctly over the foot. By returning your foot to its neutral position, orthotics can help relieve your various pains, be used in conjunction with other treatments, and can help prevent future problems with your feet. When we prescribe custom orthotics for a patient, we take a digital, 3-D scan of their feet. This allows us to map problem areas, determine how they bear their weight, and to create a very accurate custom molded orthotic for them.
Our custom orthotics are designed to fit certain foot types and are unique for every individual, giving them the best support, comfort, and relief from heel pain. These are sometimes covered by insurance carriers.
Usually a little time is needed to see if conservative treatment will help relieve your pain. If it does not, we are able to continue with other treatments of heel pain.
North Texas Foot & Ankle is conveniently located near Dallas. If you are currently suffering from heel pain, until you are able to visit us for an appointment, we recommend that you follow the RICE treatment method (Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation): Stay off your feet and elevate them. Rotate ice on for 20 minutes and off for 20 minutes at a time. Refrain from using ice while sleeping, and place a towel between the ice and your skin. The ice will help to relieve both your pain and swelling. Using a compression wrap can help reduce the swelling in your foot and ankle.
Contact North Texas Foot & Ankle if you are experiencing heel pain at (214)-574-WALK (9255) or request an appointment online.
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