Many athletes train through the pain of sports injuries, afraid to get a diagnosis from their doctor that would take them away from their sport. For players who are about to compete in the FIFA World Cup in Brazil June 12 to July 13, this scenario might be all too common. However, the hype of the event shouldn’t keep them from getting help. In fact, treating heel pain the right way might be the thing that keeps them in the game.
Sometimes, heel problems can put you on rest for six to eight weeks, which is the reason why some athletes choose to keep pushing through their ordeal. It’s not worth it, though. If you continue to train, you could make your pain worse, which could lay you up for eight months to a year. The most common cause of heel pain is plantar fasciitis, which is the tearing of the tissue that runs along the bottom of your foot and connects your heel to your toes. This problem only gets worse as time goes on, and as athletes ignore the issue.
Good shoes are the key to recovery and can also uncover the root of the problem. If you’ve been practicing in shoes with too little support, you need to find ones with more stability. Your shoes can lose support within few months, especially if they are a slimmer model. You can test your shoes by grabbing the toe and heel area when they’re upside down. If they fold in half in the arch, they don’t offer enough support. If your shoe is too worn down in the heel area, it might not provide enough shock absorption. This means that your foot absorbs all the impact and stress, increasing the risk of injury.
There’s the obvious treatment of stretching and rest, ice, compression, and elevation. However, if these suggestions aren’t working, make an appointment at Richardson Podiatry Center at (972) 690-5374 to get to the bottom of your problem. Dr. Gene Reister specializes in treating heel pain and has 35 years of experience that you can trust.
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