Heel pain can be very tricky, appearing when you least expect it. Heel pain often causes a sharp, burning sensation that makes walking or standing difficult. But there are several effective remedies for heel pain. To find the best solution for you, start by booking an appointment with your podiatrist. They can help identify the cause of the problem and suggest the most appropriate treatment plan.
Heel pain is a common problem that can strike at any time. Usually, the cause is something mundane, like stepping on a sharp object and getting a heel bruise. However, other causes of heel pain include things like excess calcium deposits or bone spurs. The most common cause of heel pain, though, is a condition known as plantar fasciitis. This is when the plantar fascia – the band of tissue that runs across from your heel to your toes – becomes inflamed.
If you’re a runner, you’re more at risk of plantar fasciitis. But anyone can get it, even if you just walk a lot or have flat feet. Being overweight, older, and wearing shoes that don’t support your feet can make plantar fasciitis much worse. If you are suffering from heel pain, you should see a podiatrist to find out if it is plantar fasciitis you are suffering from and not something else, as heel pain is one of the most commonly misdiagnosed foot conditions.
These helpful home remedies should help provide some relief, no matter the cause of your pain:
One way to alleviate pain from heel spurs is by stretching your arches and Achilles tendons throughout the day. A common stretching exercise is to place your hands on a wall, with most of your weight supported, and have feet positioned with one knee bent. Gently push off with the other foot to stretch the arch.
Wearing supportive shoes is essential to avoid heel pain. Though they may not entirely eliminate the pain, they will help make everyday living more bearable.
Heel spurs are often associated with plantar fasciitis, which is when the tissue connecting the heel to the toes becomes inflamed. Taping the muscle can help reduce pain and promote healing.
Your podiatrist should treat any stubborn or severe heel pain. They offer several adequate treatments, including:
– Physical therapy to increase mobility
– Corticosteroid injections to decrease inflammation and pain
– Custom-made orthotics and footwear to provide added support
– Prescription-strength anti-inflammatory medication to reduce swelling
Heel pain can be debilitating, but there are many treatments available to help you get back on your feet. For more information on heel pain treatment options, contact us today, we will be happy to help.
*This blog contains general information about medical conditions and is not advice. You must not rely upon the information in this blog as medical advice. Medical advice should always be sought from an appropriately qualified podiatrist such as ourselves.