Heel Pain in Athletes - The Texas Foot Specialists

Joining a sports activity places people at a higher risk for foot injuries. This is because it exposes the foot to constant pressure from the different high-impact foot movements required. Running and jumping for example exposes the feet to tremendous stress that often exceeds it structural limits. When this happens, foot injuries are just around the corner.

 What is a Bruised Heel? 

A bruised heel can be very painful and can be caused by repeated abuse such as high impact foot movements. The foot and its numerous structures are responsible for absorbing the shock from running, jumping or walking. The calcaneus bone or heel bone is responsible for the feet’s load bearing function. 

 The heels are at high risk for injuries. A person’s weight is transferred from the legs directly to the heels. This is the feet’s first point of contact with the ground before the pressure is transferred to other foot structures. The heel bone or calcaneus bone is surrounded by a layer of fatty tissue. This helps absorb some of the pressure away from the heel bones.   

Bruised Heel Management

If you suspect a bruised heel, rest the foot immediately. Continued foot activities may only worsen the condition. Resting buys your body precious time to heal. Consult a podiatrist if pain persists even with rest. A podiatrist can identify if this is a simple case of a bruised heel or a symptom of a serious foot injury. Dr. Bruce Miller and Dr. Gregory Mangum are Podiatrists specialize in treating bruised heels and other foot injuries. 

To prevent future injuries, wear shoes with adequate heel support or heel cushioning. This should be used when the heels are tender or if you are suffering from a bruised heel. This should be worn on both heels. Wearing a foot insert on one shoe may cause an imbalance which can cause an accident or another foot injury. 

Replace your running shoes regularly. Running shoes on average are designed to last around 400 miles. Constant abuse from running or jumping can destroy the shoes’ integrity leaving its structures weak. 

Bruised heel recovery time

A bruised heel if caught early and gets adequate rest can recover pretty quickly. Symptoms could disappear in as little as a few days. If the early symptoms are ignored and a person continuous with their regular activity, this can aggravate the injury. 

Consult a podiatrist for any signs of foot injury. If diagnosed early, treatment is easier and recovery time can be quicker.  The Texas Foot Specialists located in Sugar Land, Pasadena and Houston we specialize in helping people suffering from a bruised heel and other foot injuries.  To schedule an appointment call Sugar Land (281) 242-4448, Pasadena (281) 991-0600 and Houston (713) 664-6677.