Heel pain is one of the most common ailments that podiatrists treat in the office. And if you’ve ever gotten out of bed and experienced excruciating pain with your first steps of the day, you know how miserable it can be!

Bring up the question of “heel pain” in any online neighborhood forum and you’ll likely receive dozens of recommendations. Treatment options can include stretching, icing, medication, injections, shoe inserts, custom orthotics, and braces, just to name a few! And to further complicate the matter, what works for one person definitely may not work for another. As you’re sorting out your options, we’re here to help.

Here is the action plan we recommend for dealing with heel pain:

  1. Visit your local podiatrist. It is absolutely critical to identify the medical cause for the pain and get a correct diagnosis. Many people believe that heel pain is only caused by Plantar Fasciitis, but this is not always the case. Getting a proper diagnosis means that you can get to the correct treatment faster.
  2. Consider the treatment options that you receive from your podiatrist and what feels right to you. Different physicians will take different approaches, so if you are uncomfortable with the treatment plan your doctor recommends, don’t hesitate to get a second opinion. In general, the team of physicians at Southwest Austin Foot & Ankle clinic likes to take a “conservative” approach to new problems such as heel pain. This means that we try to explore the least invasive and highly reliable, time tested options first before moving on to more complex or invasive treatments.
  3. Follow the treatment plan! If you are given instructions to do daily stretches, we assure you that your chances for getting better faster definitely increase if you actually do the stretches. The same is true for icing the area, wearing your orthotics, or taking any prescribed medication as directed!

Heel pain is no fun. It’s inconvenient, painful, and keeps you from the active life you enjoy. If you do find yourself struggling with heel pain, please don’t hesitate to give us a call at 512-447-4122 and let our friendly doctors help you get you back on your feet.