Heel Pain: Common Causes and Treatments
February 14, 2019
Category: Podiatry
Tags: heel pain  

How your podiatrists in Naperville, Illinois can help your feet

Heel pain can sneak up on you, and its effects can be dramatic. You may have difficulty standing, walking, and getting on with the activitiespodiatrist of your life. You may find yourself spending a lot more time with your feet up. If you want to get rid of your heel pain, your podiatrist can help. Dr. Brendon McCarthy and Dr. Mark Konieczy of Fox Valley Foot Specialists in Naperville, Illinois can diagnose the cause and determine the best treatment for your heel pain.

Heel pain can be caused from a foot injury. For example, if you step on a sharp object, you can develop a heel bruise, which can make your heel hurt. Many foot injuries can be prevented by wearing adequate, supportive, comfortable footwear. If you play sports, it’s essential to wear the right footwear for the sport or activity you are doing. You should also be proactive and remove any objects on the floor which might injure your feet.

You can also develop heel pain from excess calcium deposits or bone spurs. Heel pain can also be caused by being overweight, having flat feet, or having diabetes, especially if it is not controlled by medication. You can do a lot to prevent heel pain by maintaining a healthy weight, and visiting your podiatrist regularly if you have diabetes.

Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common causes of heel pain. It develops when the thick band of connective tissue, known as the plantar fascia, becomes inflamed. The plantar fascia runs across your heel and when it becomes inflamed, you will feel sharp, severe pain in your heel and on the side of your foot. Plantar fasciitis is often caused by overpronating, rolling your feet inward when you walk around. It can also develop if you walk or stand on hard surfaces for long periods of time.

You can sometimes get relief by trying a few simple home remedies. Remember to:

  • Take Tylenol or ibuprofen to decrease inflammation and pain
  • Elevate your feet several times each day to take the weight and stress off of your heels
  • Try wearing heel wedges or cushions in your shoes to provide support for your feet

For stubborn, persistent heel pain, it’s best to visit the experts, your podiatrists at Fox Valley Foot Specialists. They can help you get rid of heel pain for good by recommending:

  • Custom-made footwear or orthotics to support and protect your feet
  • Physical therapy and stretching exercises to increase flexibility
  • Extracorporeal pulse activation treatment (EPAT) to increase healing

Don’t suffer from heel pain! Get some help today by calling Dr. Brendon McCarthy and Dr. Mark Konieczy of Fox Valley Foot Specialists in Naperville, Illinois. Call now and get some help for your feet!