Heel pain can quickly throw a wrench in your plans and ruin the course of a normal day. Fortunately, relief is available through the care of Murad Abdel-Qader, DPM, at Advanced Family Foot Care Centers in San Antonio, Texas. Don’t suffer from persistent or severe heel pain when help is just a phone call away. Call to book a diagnostic exam, or try the fast and easy online scheduling tool.
Heel pain is common, but determining the root cause of your discomfort isn’t always a simple matter. Many conditions can lead to heel pain, including:
While it’s normal to have occasional mild pain in your heel or other areas of the foot, pain that’s severe or lingers should be professionally evaluated.
It pays to take some time to prepare for your diagnostic exam. One of the most important things you can do is to compile a list of your overall health history.
Be sure to include a list of current medications and supplements. If prescription medication is part of your heel pain treatment plan, knowing what medications you’re taking helps your provider avoid negative drug interactions.
You should also take note of when you experience heel pain. Is the discomfort worse upon first waking in the morning? Do your heels only hurt after a long day on your feet or during exercise? These details make it easier to diagnose the source of your heel pain.
Your treatment plan depends on the cause of your pain as well as your overall health. A period of rest, icing, and elevation may be all that’s needed to give your body a chance to heal.
You may need to wear a special boot or orthotic device to maintain optimal ankle and foot positioning while your body heals. A course of physical therapy may also be beneficial.
In some cases, surgery is the best possible treatment path for heel pain. During your consultation, Dr. Abdel-Qader discusses all available treatment options and helps you make an informed decision about your care.
You also learn ways to reduce your risk of future heel pain. Strengthening your leg and ankle muscles can be a good place to begin, or you may need to find shoes or shoe inserts that offer better support.
The process begins with a quick phone call or a visit to the online booking page to set up your appointment. You meet with Dr. Abdel-Qader one-on-one to get to the bottom of your heel pain and chart a course for relief.