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Understanding and Diagnosing Heel Pain

Most people don’t pay too much attention to their feet –until something feels wrong.

But we put a lot of miles put on our feet, and it’s only natural that at some point, something may go wrong. While foot pain doesn’t always indicate a serious condition, it’s often your body’s way of telling you that something’s not right, and it’s important to know when you should seek medical attention and when it’s time to give your feet a rest.

Your heel, or the ball of your foot, is one area on your feet that is especially susceptible to injury or pain. If heel pain is persistent, you should always seek medical attention, since this could indicate that you have injured your plantar fasciitis, the band which connects your heel bone to your toes.

The three main causes of heel pain are heel spurs, heel bruises, or a heel fracture. Let’s take a look at all three now.

Heel Spurs
Heel spurs are caused from abnormal growths on the heel of your foot. They are often caused from wearing the wrong type of shoes, or over using your feet. Those with flat feet or high arches are more susceptible for heel spurs. Spurs can be treated by wearing shoes that have shock-absorbing soles or custom inserts.

Heel Bruises
Heel bruises occur when the heel sustains an impact injury. Heel bruises often feel like you are walking on a pebble. In most cases the pain will go away on its own after the injury has healed. Be sure to rest your foot and apply ice. If the pain doesn’t go away in a few days, becomes worse, or prohibits you from walking you should seek medical attention.

Heel Fracture
A heel fracture occurs from high-impact injuries, such as a car accident or traumatic fall. The main symptoms include heel pain, bruising, swelling, and difficulty walking. If you suspect a heel fracture you should seek medical attention.

For foot treatment in Houston, Texas contact Dr. Lamarra of Shepherd Square Podiatry today.