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Understanding Heel Pain with Help from Your Podiatrist
- Wear shoes that fit well
- Wear proper shoes for each activity
- Do not wear shoes with excessive wear on heels or soles
- Prepare properly before exercising by stretching and warming up
- Pace yourself when you participate in athletic activities
- Don’t underestimate your body’s need for rest and good nutrition
- Lose excess weight
Are you dealing with heel pain? If so, you aren’t alone. Foot pain, particularly heel pain, is one of the most common complaints and most people will deal with pain at some point during their lifetime. Whether you are on your feet all day for work or you are a runner, there are many risk factors that can play into your likelihood to deal with heel pain. If heel pain is happening to you, you may be wondering what’s causing it and how you can get rid of the pain quickly.
Causes of Heel Pain
As you might imagine, there are many reasons why you might be experiencing heel pain. The root cause will also determine the best course of action for getting your symptoms under control while providing the optimal healing environment for a speedy recovery.
The most common cause of heel pain is an acute inflammatory condition known as plantar fasciitis, in which the thick band of tissue that runs along the soles of the feet from the toes to the heel (known as the plantar fascia) becomes inflamed. Of course, there are other reasons people experience heel pain. Other causes include:
- Achilles tendinitis
- Achilles tendon rupture
- Stress fracture
- Tarsal tunnel syndrome
- Heel spur
- Osteomyelitis (an infection of the bone)
- Page’s disease of bone
- Peripheral neuropathy
Heel Pain Treatment Options
For more mild-to-moderate cases of heel pain, your podiatrist may recommend simple conservative treatment options that you can incorporate into your daily routine from the comfort of home. This is usually the first course of action, unless the condition is more serious. Only once we’ve exhausted at-home care and pain is still present do we decide on more aggressive tactics for handling your symptoms.
Common at-home heel pain treatment options include:
- OTC pain relievers (e.g. ibuprofen)
- Icing the heel several times a day
- Bracing or splinting the foot
- Wearing custom orthotics (shoe inserts)
- Wearing protective and supportive shoes
- Resting and avoiding certain activities or high-impact exercises
If you’ve tried these treatment options for weeks and still don’t notice any change in your symptoms—or if symptoms get worse—then it’s time to visit your foot doctor again to determine the next step. If pain and swelling are severe we may recommend steroid injections, extracorporeal shockwave therapy (ESWT) or ultrasound therapy. In rare cases, surgery may be necessary to correct the imbalance, deformity, or problem that’s causing your chronic or severe heel pain.
Don’t let heel pain affect your day-to-day life when there are simple and easy solutions to manage your symptoms and promote faster healing. Turn to a podiatrist who will be able to handle your heel pain and get your foot health back on track.
Suffering from heel pain? Heel pain can be caused by standing for long periods, wearing ill-fitting shoes, or playing active sports. Podiatrists offer treatments that can provide relief from heel pain. Dr. Robert Linn at Foot & Ankle Center of Ocala in Ocala, FL, offers treatments for heel pain. Read on to learn about treatment options for heel pain.
#1- Orthotic Devices
Podiatrist-prescribed orthotic devices are among the best ways to treat heel pain. Orthotic devices are typically shoe inserts or foot pads that are placed into a pair of shoes. Orthotic devices that provide cushioning and arch support for added shock absorption, comfort, and protection. Research has shown that orthotic devices improve function and decrease heel pain.
Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), are used to ease heel pain. They are often sold over-the-counter. Some common brand names are Advil, Motrin, and Aleve. You can also get relief from heel pain with targeted topical pain medications from your Ocala podiatrist.
#3- Cortisone Shots
Cortisone shots offer quick relief for heel pain. Cortisone shots are used to relieve pain and inflammation in a specific area of your body. Cortisone shots will help reduce your pain for a few months, but they might keep the swelling down for even longer than that. You can get cortisone shots at your podiatrist's office.
#4- Stretching Exercises
Podiatrists prescribe stretching exercises for various foot conditions. Stretching exercises are an important adjunct to therapy for many conditions, such as plantar fasciitis, heel pain, and Achilles tendonitis. Stretching exercises ease pain, increase flexibility, improve function, and reduce swelling.
#5- Night Splints
Night splints can help relieve heel pain. Night splints hold the feet in a neutral position during sleep and provide a gentle stretch to the Achilles tendon and plantar fascia. This gentle stretch helps reduce the muscle contracture, swelling, and pain. You can wear a splint every night for about six months. Then you can gradually reduce how often you wear it as your symptoms disappear.
Call Foot & Ankle Center of Ocala at 352-861-1055 today to schedule a consultation in Ocala, FL. Get your life back on track by receiving the best treatment available. We will help you achieve relief from heel pain.
Have you been dealing with heel pain for weeks or months? Dr. Robert Linn in Ocala, FL, explains why it's not a good idea to ignore the pain and shares information on common causes.
Time doesn't always heal all wounds
In many cases, heel pain gets better fairly quickly if you stay off your feet, apply ice to your heel and take over-the-counter medication. If your pain continues after a week or two, it's a good idea to schedule an appointment with Dr. Linn. If you ignore the pain, it might just become a chronic problem or worsen.
Overuse injuries are a common cause of heel pain
Did you recently decide that daily four-mile runs on the Cross Florida Greenway Trail in Ocala were the way to get back in shape? Although dedication to good health is admirable, many people take on too much too soon when they begin exercising, which can cause an overuse injury. Overuse injuries also occur when you suddenly increase the intensity or duration of your usual exercise routine. Overuse injuries can cause these conditions:
- Stress Fractures: When your muscles can no longer handle the strain of an activity, the burden is transferred to your bones, which causes small cracks. Overuse injuries aren't the only cause of stress fractures. They can also happen if you wear unsupportive shoes or use poor form when you run.
- Bursitis and Tendinitis: Retrocalcaneal bursitis and Achilles tendinitis are often diagnosed in people who run or walk for exercise or work in jobs that require standing. Inflammation is the cause of the pain in both of these conditions.
- Plantar Fasciitis: Runners, particularly those who don't wear supportive shoes, are at risk for developing plantar fasciitis, a condition that causes inflammation in the tough band of connective tissue that runs under your foot. Arch problems, obesity, tight Achilles tendons and standing for long periods are other risk factors.
Other causes of heel pain
Fractures, although not very common, can occur if you've fallen, jumped or been in a vehicular accident. A less serious, but still painful, cause of heel pain is a stone bruise. The condition occurs when you step on a hard object or don't wear shoes that support or cushion your heel.
How can a podiatrist help me?
Podiatrists offer many treatments that help reduce pain. Although treatments vary depending on the cause of your condition, you may benefit from physical therapy, orthotics, casts or boots, shock wave therapy, and in severe cases surgery.
Find relief from your heel pain with a visit to Dr. Linn in Ocala, FL. Call him at (352) 861-1055 to schedule an appointment.