Heel Pain Specialist

Alex Urteaga, DPM -  - Podiatrist

Foot and Ankle Clinic of Central Texas

Alex Urteaga, DPM

Podiatrist & Foot and Ankle Surgeon located in New Braunfels, TX

As the largest of the 26 bones in your foot, the heel endures great stress and is vulnerable to a host of issues that cause pain. At Foot and Ankle Clinic of Central Texas, Alex Urteaga, DPM, provides the New Braunfels, Texas, area with the most advanced treatment for heel pain. If you have heel pain, call the office or book an appointment online today.

Heel Pain Q & A

What is heel pain?

In addition to your heel bone, more than 100 tendons, ligaments, and muscles work together to help each foot carry and propel you throughout life’s many adventures. Heel pain may result from an injury or damage to any of these tissues. Depending on the specific cause, heel pain can affect the front, back, or bottom of the heel.

What causes heel pain?

The experts at Foot & Ankle Clinic of Central Texas treat many issues that cause heel pain, including:

Plantar fasciitis

The most common cause of pain beneath the heel, plantar fasciitis is inflammation of the ligament (plantar fascia) that connects the base of your heel bone to the toe bones. Plantar fasciitis is a common overuse injury that may result from too much running or jumping.

Heel spur

A heel spur is a bony protrusion, or calcium deposit, that forms on the heel. Heel spurs often develop in people who have plantar fasciitis.

Stone bruise

Stepping on a hard object, such as a stone, can bruise the fat pad underneath your heel. This can cause heel pain even if you don’t see the discoloration that characterizes a bruise.

Achilles tendon injuries

The Achilles tendon is a thick cord that you can feel behind your heel at the base of your calf muscles. Your Achilles tendon is prone to a variety of injuries, including tendinitis, tendon tears, and tendinosis. 

Achilles tendinitis is a common sports injury in runners, but you can also get it from wearing shoes that cut into the back of your heel.

How is heel pain diagnosed?

First, your podiatrist at Foot & Ankle Clinic of Central Texas carefully examines your foot and reviews your medical history. They may also take imaging tests, such as an X-ray, to check for heel spurs and evaluate the structure of your foot.

What treatments for heel pain are available?

Most of the time, heel pain resolves with nonsurgical treatment. Depending on the cause and severity of your heel pain, treatment may include:

  • Changing shoes
  • Custom orthotics
  • Physical therapy
  • Icing the foot
  • Activity modification
  • Padding, taping, or strapping the foot
  • A removable walking cast
  • Therapeutic injections
  • Medications to reduce pain and inflammation

If your condition is severe, or if the heel pain persists despite treatment, foot and ankle surgery may be necessary.

For leading care of all types of heel pain, call Foot and Ankle Clinic of Central Texas, or book an appointment online today.