Heel pain can make every step you take a chore and can impede your everyday life, not just your work. The good news is that it's a treatable condition and there are a few things that you can do at home to manage the pain and symptoms, but you can always turn to your podiatrist for help. For more information contact Dr. Rose Sotolongo of The Foot Doctor in Ridgeland, MS.
What Causes Heel Pain
A condition called plantar fasciitis is the most common cause for heel pain because of where it develops, on the plantar fascia, the ligament that connects the heel to the front of the foot.
It can occur because of problems with the structure of the foot. Those with flat feet, that is, without or with minimal arches to their feet, are more likely to develop heel pain as they don't have these to help support the weight of the body. In turn, irritating the plantar fascia.
Obesity and working for very long hours on your feet will tend to overstrain them and often lead to heel pain.
If you are experiencing heel pain the first thing you would be recommended to do is rest. Continuing to put your heel through the same strain is only bound to make it worse.
Ice can help with the inflammation if applied throughout the day, for about 20 minutes at a time, just make certain not to apply it directly to the skin. A common technique is to place some ice in a plastic bag and then wrap that in a towel before pressing it to the heel.
Over-the-counter medication can further aid against inflammation and pain, but if you notice no progress after a few weeks then it's time to visit your podiatrist.
Heel Pain Treatment in Ridgeland, MS
Your podiatrist can treat your heel pain through a number of different approaches. Custom orthotic devices can bring your feet the much-needed support to carry on with everyday activities.
Because the pain is most often noticeable in the mornings after waking, and can temporarily diminish as you walk, your podiatrist can prescribe a night splint that keeps your heel stretched as you sleep.
Other treatments may be proposed based on the severity of your condition, such as injection therapy, physical therapy, or even surgery, but most patients see results with nonsurgical treatments.
The first step toward pain relief is coming into the office, so make an appointment today with Dr. Sotolongo of The Foot Doctor in Ridgeland, MS, by dialing (601) 206-9101.