Heel Pain FAQs
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What are my treatment options for heel pain?
If you suffer from heel pain, and there are millions of Americans who do, you will likely be relieved to know there are ways to effectively address it. When it comes to treatment options for heel pain, some of the more effective ones include:
- Stretching. A couple of key connective tissues anchor to the heel bone. When these tissues—the Achilles tendon and plantar fascia—face excessive tension, heel pain can develop. Stretching your lower limbs can help with this.
- Medication. One of the best benefits with certain medications is not actually pain relief, but rather anti-inflammatory properties.
- Footwear choices. Shoes with ample cushioning in the heel and strong arch support can improve conditions that cause heel pain.
- Rest. In many cases, heel pain comes as the result of overuse. Accordingly, taking time away from high-impact activities or, even better, cross-training with low-impact activities will help.
How is Achilles tendinitis treated?
If you experience the tenderness, stiffness, and pain that comes from Achilles tendinitis, you will likely be relieved to find out that we can usually cure the issue through nonsurgical treatment methods. Specific Achilles tendinitis treatment options include RICE therapy (rest, ice, compression, and elevation), medication, exercises, and orthotic devices.
We recommend starting with RICE therapy. Avoiding exercise for several days or performing low-impact activities will help the body heal the inflamed tissue. Ice and compression can both further relieve inflammation and decrease pain. Elevate the affected foot at intervals during the day and at night by propping it on a couple of pillows to reduce swelling. If this is not providing enough relief, we can utilize those other treatment options. It is only in rare cases that surgery is necessary for repairing a damaged tendon.
If you would like additional information or need professional treatment for any other foot problem, contact Richardson Podiatry Associates by calling (972) 690-5374. You can also request an appointment at our Richardson, TX office online today.
How do heel spurs form?
Heel spurs form over the course of many months in a process where calcium deposits build up on the underside of the calcaneus (heel bone). The pain that accompanies this condition is a result of strains on the ligaments and muscles in the foot, repeated tearing of membrane covering the calcaneus, and overstretching of the plantar fascia. This condition is particularly common for athletes who perform a lot of running and jumping activities.
Common risk factors for the condition include gait abnormalities, poor-fitting or worn out shoes, and excess weight. As a result, wearing shoes that fit well, losing weight, and stretching all help to prevent the painful spurs from forming.No matter why the bone growth has developed, let our foot specialists at Richardson Podiatry Associates provide the treatment you need. We will issue the proper care to eliminate your heel pain and allow you to go back to performing the activities you enjoy doing. Schedule an appointment with our Richardson, TX office today by either calling (972) 690-5374 or using our online form.
How Do I Prevent Heel Fissures?
Moisture is a heel fissure’s worst enemy. Prevent heel fissures by hydrating yourself in every way possible! Drinking water will bolster healing from the inside out, covering every nook and cranny of your skin. For your room, make sure you install a humidifier to permeate the air with moisture.
Now, let’s talk feet. When you’re in the shower, exfoliate those dead skin cells with pumice stone. Since your skin absorbs moisture better when it’s moist, put some lotion on your feet right when you get out.
Use a very thick lotion, body butter, or salve on your feet before bed. To seal in the moisture, slip on socks before you hop under the covers. This will provide an intensive overnight recovery session to get rid of any little cracks in your skin. If your dry skin has progressed to a large crack in your heel, make an appointment with Richardson Podiatry Associates in Texas by calling (972) 690-5374.
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Why is my Heel Pain Bad in the Morning?
Is your heel pain bad in the morning and then gets better after you walk around? This is the trademark symptom of plantar fasciitis. This condition occurs with damage to the plantar fascia, which runs along the arch, connecting the heel to other bones in the foot. The tissue becomes inflamed and thickens, which causes pain. When you’ve been resting for a long period of time, the tissue swells and gets tight. The pain you feel in the morning is the pressure of your foot stretching out that swollen area.
Rest is a big factor in your recovery. Avoid walking or standing for long periods of time and try icing the area for five to 10 minutes. We may recommend an anti-inflammatory medication to relieve immediate pain. You should stretch while you rest your heel, because this keeps your tissues warmed up, increases your flexibility, and heads off pain.
When you need more than just home treatment, call the Richardson Podiatry Center at (972) 690-5374. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter to keep up-to-date on everything feet!
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