Inflamed Heel Forces the Jazz’s Williams to Skip Game

Inflamed Heel Forces the Jazz’s Williams to Skip Game

Marvin WilliamsThe Utah Jazz’s starting forward Marvin Williams recently had to deal with some pain in his heel and had to be sidelined for the team’s last game.

The Jazz subbed center Derrick Favors in for his position. Even though Williams had surgery last offseason for an Achilles tendon issue, he mentioned that it was actually his heel that was bothering him.

“It’s not my actual Achilles, which is good news,” Williams said. “It’s just my heel. My heel is really inflamed right now. It’s causing a lot of discomfort (and) putting a lot of pressure on my foot right now.”

For a problem like heel pain, it is often recommended to consult a podiatrist like Dr. Donald C. Stran, DPM of Houston Foot and Ankle. Dr. Stran can diagnose what is causing you discomfort and help you figure out the best way to care for it.

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 thing of the past.

With the advancements in technology and greater knowledge of how muscles and joints work, physical therapists can turn things around dramatically.

If you have any questions, contact one of our offices located in Friendswood, TX; Missouri City, TX; Bay City, TX;  and Lake Jackson, TX. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.


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