Do you still have heel pain even though you've stayed off your feet and applied bag after bag of ice? Some heel conditions respond very well to home methods, while others will only improve after treatment by a podiatrist. Naperville, IL, podiatrists, Dr. Brendon McCarthy and Dr. Mark Konieczy of Fox Valley Foot Specialists, share information on common causes of heel pain and treatments.
Cracks in the skin of your heel may seem like a minor problem, but deep fissures can increase your risk of infection. If moisturizing your heels doesn't help, you may want to schedule an appointment in our Naperville office. Depending on the severity of your condition, you may benefit from a liquid bandage to promote healing, removal of callused skin or orthotics to cushion and protect your heels.
Did your foot or ankle start hurting after you decided to begin training for a marathon? When you exercise harder or longer than usual, you can develop an overuse injury that may cause a stress fracture. If your muscles aren't accustomed to your new workout regime, your bones will be forced to absorb the pressure of the activity. Unfortunately, this can cause thin cracks called stress fractures to form in your bones. Staying off your feet as much as possible for a few weeks can help, but you may also benefit from wearing a walking boot while you heal.
Heel pain that worsens in the morning or after periods of inactivity may be caused by plantar fasciitis. The condition is common in older people but may also occur if your shoes aren't supportive or you're a runner or walker. The pain develops when your plantar fascia on the bottom of your foot becomes inflamed. If you're diagnosed with plantar fasciitis, foot exercises may be helpful in reducing your pain. You may also benefit from special splints that you'll wear when your sleep or prescription shoe inserts that help cushion your heel. If you still have pain, you may need surgery to release the fascia ligament.
Are you concerned about heel pain? Dr. McCarthy and Dr. Konieczy can offer treatments that will get you back on your feet. Call them at Fox Valley Foot Specialists in Naperville, IL, at (603) 548-3900 to schedule an appointment.