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What Is Causing My Heel Pain?

Heel pain is a common condition that can affect anyone. However, getting to the bottom of the cause of your heel pain can prove to be tricky. Your podiatrist can help you pinpoint the reason behind your heel pain and get back on your feet. Find out more about heel pain and Heel Painsome of its common causes with Dr. James Kent at East Texas Foot and Ankle Centers in Tyler, TX.

What can cause heel pain? 
Heel pain comes from many sources and can originate due to a variety of injuries and conditions. However, there are some causes that are more common than others, including:

  • Achilles tendonitis
  • bursitis
  • plantar fasciitis
  • tarsal tunnel syndrome
  • arthritis
  • heel spur
  • stress fracture

Injuries sustained during daily life, such as stepping wrong or twisting your foot, can also contribute to heel pain. Understanding the underlying cause of your heel pain is easy with help from your podiatrist.

How will my podiatrist diagnose my heel pain? 
Your doctor will use a physical examination and, if necessary, imaging techniques such as x-rays to rule out underlying conditions and pinpoint the issue with your foot. They may use different testing methods to further investigate your symptoms. Depending on your diagnosis, your doctor will recommend the best course of treatment for you.

Treating Heel Pain in Tyler, TX
Treating heel pain depends on the diagnosis your doctor makes and its severity. In some cases, less serious issues may only require at-home treating like the RICE (rest, ice, compression, elevation) method or simply changing the type of shoes you wear to a more comfortable style. However, some more serious cases may require over-the-counter or prescription medications to minimize symptoms. Physical therapy, injection therapy, hot/cold therapy and other treatments can also help in some situations. Together with your foot doctor, you can find a suitable treatment for you and your condition.

For more information on heel pain, please contact Dr. James Kent at East Texas Foot and Ankle Centers in Tyler, TX. Call (903) 939-3668 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Kent today!

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