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Why Would My Heel Feel Numb?

Numerous factors can cause heel numbness. Common causes can include sitting with crossed legs or wearing tight shoes. Some cases may have more serious origins, such as diabetes, hypothyroidism, lupus, nerve compression, or an infection. Numbness may lead to difficulty in sensing touch, temperature, or it may be difficult to balance while walking. Additional symptoms can include tingling, weakness, and sometimes pain or swelling. Seeking medical attention is important, especially if numbness is severe or if it accompanies other symptoms that can include stroke indicators. Treatment depends on the underlying cause and may involve medication or alternative therapies. If simple fixes do not alleviate the numbness, it is strongly suggested that you consult a podiatrist for proper diagnosis and treatment.

Many people suffer from bouts of heel pain. For more information, contact one of our podiatrists of Total Podiatry. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Causes of Heel Pain

Heel pain is often associated with plantar fasciitis. The plantar fascia is a band of tissues that extends along the bottom of the foot. A rip or tear in this ligament can cause inflammation of the tissue.

Achilles tendonitis is another cause of heel pain. Inflammation of the Achilles tendon will cause pain from fractures and muscle tearing. Lack of flexibility is also another symptom.

Heel spurs are another cause of pain. When the tissues of the plantar fascia undergo a great deal of stress, it can lead to ligament separation from the heel bone, causing heel spurs.

Why Might Heel Pain Occur?

  • Wearing ill-fitting shoes                  
  • Wearing non-supportive shoes
  • Weight change           
  • Excessive running


Heel pain should be treated as soon as possible for immediate results. Keeping your feet in a stress-free environment will help. If you suffer from Achilles tendonitis or plantar fasciitis, applying ice will reduce the swelling. Stretching before an exercise like running will help the muscles. Using all these tips will help make heel pain a condition of the past.

If you have any questions please contact our offices located in San Antonio, Uvalde, and Jourdanton, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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