Why It’s Time to See a Podiatrist for Your Heel Pain

Why It’s Time to See a Podiatrist for Your Heel Pain

Heel pain can be frustrating and debilitating. If heel pain is impacting your life, it’s time to see a podiatrist. Dr. Rose Sotolongo at The Foot Doctor in Ridgeland, MS, provides comprehensive podiatry services, including treatment of heel pain. She proudly serves residents of Ridgeland, Jackson, and Madison, MS, areas.

What You Should Know about Heel Pain

There are some common causes of heel pain, including:

  • Stepping on hard or sharp objects can cause a heel bruise
  • Developing excess calcium deposits on your heel, which can cause a heel spur
  • Inflammation of the tissue running across your heel can cause plantar fasciitis

There are a few simple steps you can take to decrease your risk of developing heel pain. Remember to:

  • Avoid going barefoot
  • Always wear comfortable, protective shoes
  • Always wear shoes which are appropriate for the activity you are doing

Heel pain is a common condition, especially heel pain caused by plantar fasciitis. It’s common among runners, joggers, and people who experience significant foot stress, but you are also at risk of plantar fasciitis if you:

  • Overpronate or roll your feet when you walk
  • Stand or walk on hard surfaces for long periods

For mild, occasional heel pain, you may get some relief if you try:

  • Resting and elevating your heel several times daily
  • Doing gentle arch stretches several times daily
  • Taking over-the-counter anti-inflammatory and pain medication

If you have moderate to severe or chronic heel pain, it’s time to see a podiatrist for professional treatment. Your podiatrist offers several treatment options for heel pain, including:

  • Custom-made orthotics and footwear to provide heel support
  • Physical therapy and stretches to keep you flexible
  • Prescription-strength anti-inflammatory medication to reduce swelling
  • Corticosteroid injections around your heel to reduce pain
  • Extracorporeal shock wave therapy (ESWT) to break up excess calcium deposits

Your Podiatrist Can Help

Don’t suffer from heel pain when relief is just a phone call away. To learn more about the causes and treatment of heel pain, call Dr. Rose Sotolongo at The Foot Doctor in Ridgeland, MS. You can reach her in the office by calling (601) 206-9101, so call now.

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