If you have unremitting heel pain that often accompanies this phenomenon, than it is very likely that you have a condition known as plantar fasciitis. It is one of the most common causes of heel pain.
The fibrous tissue that runs across your arch and connects to your heel bone has to be incredibly strong because it absorbs the force of your body’s weight every moment you step and stand, and jump and run, and everything else your body can perform on two feet. But quite often, unfortunately, an injury may occur and heel pain can strike.
Treatment for plantar fasciitis:
Some of the treatments for plantar fasciitis include the following:
- Taking the weight off—Walking, running, and just standing can exacerbate the injury, so it’s important to rest and elevate the affected foot to help relieve inflammation.
- Reduce inflammation—This can be accomplished by applying ice to the area for fifteen minutes, several times a day. Ibuprofen or other anti-inflammatory medication may also help.
- Stretching exercises—Calf and foot stretches can help alleviate the pressure and tightness. Rolling your arch gently on a tennis ball can also help relax the tissue.
- Night splints—These can be applied at night while sleeping to help stretch the plantar fascia.
- Properly fitted footwear—Wearing supportive footwear with inserts, cushions, and heel pads can help treat and prevent plantar fasciitis.
In some of the more severe cases, surgery may be necessary.
If you are experiencing heel pain that isn’t responding well to conservative measures, make an appointment with your podiatrist today. The foot specialists at ETL Podiatry in Briarwood and Melville, NY, have unparalleled experience in treating all aspects of foot and ankle problems. Our team of doctors is dedicated to serving you with all of the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies. If you have any questions or would like to make an appointment, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Melville, NY (631-549-8637) and Briarwood, NY (929-336-4523).