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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
Have you been experiencing any heel pain or bothersome tenderness without any obvious cause? Although heel spurs themselves sometimes do not cause acute discomfort, they are frequently associated with the painful inflammation known as plantar fasciitis, a condition commonly described as feeling like a knife is wrenching through your foot. Read below for more information on the typical causes, symptoms, and treatments of heel spurs.
What is a Heel Spur?
A heel spur is often the result of overstraining foot muscles and ligaments, overstretching the plantar fascia (the thick band of tissue that connects the heel bone to the toes), and repeatedly tearing the heel bone membrane. From these actions arises a calcium deposit on the underside of the heel bone. Risk factor for developing the condition include:
Possessing any walking gait abnormalities
Regularly running or jogging on hard surfaces
Wearing poorly fitted or overly worn shoes
Wearing shoes that lack arch support
Being excessively overweight or obese
What are The Symptoms?
Heel spurs do not carry many symptoms by themselves. However, they are often related to other afflictions, most typically plantar fasciitis. The most common sign of this combo of conditions is a feeling of chronic pain along the bottom or back of the heel, especially during periods of walking, running, or jogging. If you are experiencing this recurring inflammation, it is a good idea to visit your local podiatrist's office and inquire about undergoing an x-ray or ultrasound examination of the foot.
What are the Treatment Options?
The solutions to heel spurs are generally centered around decreasing inflammation and avoiding re-injury. They include:
Applying ice on the inflammation
Performing stretch exercises
Wearing orthotic devices or shoe inserts to relieve pressure off of the spur
Taking anti-inflammatory medications such as ibuprofen to relieve pain
In extreme cases, surgery can be performed on chronically inflamed spurs
If you are dealing with symptoms of heel spurs or pain in your feet, turn to a podiatrist so that we can get you back on your feet. Don't ignore your pain.
The most commonly reported type of foot-related discomfort is heel pain according to the American Podiatric Medical Association. If you work on your feet or walk long distances each day, it can become more than just a minor nuisance. Heel pain can take you out of the game, literally, if you’re an athlete. The best way to deal with heel pain is to seek help from a foot doctor. Helpful treatments are available at Family Foot & Ankle Care in Chandler, AZ.
What Causes Heel Pain?
Heel pain is often felt on the bottom of the back of the foot where the bone hits the ground when you walk. The heels can be aggravated by wearing shoes that don’t offer enough support to both the heel and the arch of the foot. Heel pain is often associated with a condition called plantar fasciitis, which is the inflammation of the ligament that supports the bottom of the foot. Strain on the ligament causes irritation of the heel bone, which causes stinging or aching pain, and may also cause the development of bone spurs.
Heel Pain Treatments
One of the first treatments your Chandler, AZ podiatrist may suggest is time for your feet to rest. Heel pain will worsen if you continue your usual routine and activities without treatment. In addition to rest, these therapies may help:
- Custom orthotics that provide much-needed arch support.
- Anti-inflammatory medications for pain.
- Padding on the heel for cushioning to reduce the pain of calluses.
- Physical therapy for the feet.
- Extracorporeal Shock Wave Treatment (ESWT).
Stop Heel Pain Before It Starts
Because you use your feet so often, close to 5,000 steps per day on average according to a Stanford University study, you might not immediately recognize the stress you’re putting on them. Take these steps to stop heel pain before it starts:
- Examine the shoes that you wear on most days and consider if they may be causing heel pain.
- Give your feet of rest after a long day, stretching, massaging, and soaking them to rejuvenate them before the next day.
- Wear the custom orthotics created by your Chandler, AZ foot doctor every day, especially when you will be spending a lot of time on your feet.
Take Care of Your Feet
Don’t let worsening heel pain stop you from carrying on with your normal activities and daily exercises. Call 480-732-0033 today to schedule an appointment at Family Foot & Ankle Care in Chandler, AZ for a heel exam and treatment.
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.
The holidays are upon us again and many of us are out at the stores trying to get some gifts for the season. Some ladies ask for perfume and jewelry while others ask for designer shoes. High heels, flats flip flops, clogs, sandals, boat shoes, boots, sneakers and so on and so forth are all available to choose from. The number of styles and types of shoes can be almost overwhelming, especially when you are buying them for another person. Women in particular have the most options to choose from. Many of the shoes they buy are purely for fashion purposes. Many women forget that shoes are essential to their foot health. So, as you shop, stop and consider if the shoes you are buying the lady in your life are a good idea for the health of her feet.
High heels can cause a lot of problems for a woman’s feet. Some workplaces require a woman to wear high heels as part of her work uniform. If a woman has to wear high heels or insists upon wearing them, then she should consider swapping them out for a different type of shoe during break at work. This will allow for the feet to recuperate and to go back to a more natural position.
Women can also try “walking” heels. These heels are specifically designed to blend fashion and comfort together. They offer a wider toe box and reinforced heels for stability. These heels are less likely to cause ankle sprains, bunions, blisters and fractures. Although they sound like the perfect heel, they can still contribute to foot problems such as plantar fasciitis, heel pain and other disorders.
Sneakers that laced-up are the best option for a woman’s daily footwear. Not only do they offer ample amounts of shock absorption, stability and comfort, but there is a far lower risk of foot problems that can be caused by them. Sneakers also have good arch support and a wider toe box for optimal fit.
Give a girl the right shoe and she can conquer the world. If you are having trouble finding the right shoe for a loved one or even yourself, do not hesitate to give us a call. Want to know the best shoes to protect your feet? Podiatrists Dr. Alan J. Discont and Dr. Krahn can help you select the best pair for your feet. Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC located in Chandler, Arizona, is friendly, professional, and knowledgeable about your feet and their care. Call 480-732-0033 or make an appointment online today.