Will I need special shoes to solve my heel pain?

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Houston podiatrist treats heel spur painThere are many reasons why people hesitate to come to my Houston podiatry office when they are suffering from heel pain. One of those concerns is that I will stop you from wearing your favorite shoes. You may even fear hearing that you have to wear orthopedic shoes. While shoe choice does play a role in treating heel pain, it is rarely, if ever, as extreme as that.

 

Because heel pain is commonly due to the tension of the plantar fascia ligament on the heel bone, an important part of treatment is providing support to the ligament. Because of this, I recommend shoes that have support or can have support added to them. If you are accustomed to wearing flip-flops or Keds much of the time, you will likely be asked to change your footwear. Most shoes that are enclosed can accommodate an orthotic device and will not require a change in shoe gear.

 

A custom foot orthotic will help to control the forces in your feet that cause the extra tension on the tendon's or ligaments causing the inflammation. This is the best long term treatment to ensure your heel pain does not return in the future. If you are feeling pain on the bottom or the back of your heel, contact Houston podiatrist Dr. Andrew Schneider to eliminate your pain quickly and easily.

 

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