Is there any new treatment for heel pain?


Our office continues to be open to all new and existing patients. We use hospital-grade sanitizers and are taking measures to ensure patients maintain social distancing by not having anyone wait in our reception room with others. If you prefer to wait in your car, just give us a call and we will call or text you when we are ready to bring you straight into a treatment room. Our entire staff is wearing masks and we encourage you to do the same.

For those patients who cannot or still wish not to visit the office, we are offering private video telemedicine visits. Simply call the office at 713-785-7881 and ask for an e-visit and we will be happy to get you set up for an immediate appointment. You can also request an appointment through our website.

Houston shockwave therapy to treat heel painWhile the traditional conservative treatment for heel pain manages the vast majority of cases, if the condition remains unresolved there are other more advanced options. While more aggressive, these are still less invasive than surgery. The most common and available is extracorporeal shockwave therapy.


Shockwave therapy is a treatment for inflammation, including plantar fasciitis and Achilles tendinitis. It involves sending thousands of shocks to the inflamed area, resulting in an increase in blood flow to that area. This helps to heal the site of injury and resolve the pain. There are different types of shockwave therapy units. High energy units require anesthesia to allow the one treatment with comfort. Mid-energy units don't usually require any anesthesia, but need multiple treatments to be effective.


If you feel that your heel pain is not progressing, ask if newer treatments could work for you. Contact Houston podiatrist Dr. Andrew Schneider for a comprehensive evaluation to see what your best options are to eliminate your heel pain once and for all.

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Dr. Andrew Schneider is a podiatrist and foot surgeon at Tanglewood Foot Specialists in Houston, TX.