FAQ - Heel Pain
Why do I have morning heel pain?
If you are feeling heel pain the instant your feet hit the floor in the morning, that’s not a great way to start your day! You are likely suffering from plantar fasciitis. Plantar fasciitis occurs when the arch’s supporting ligament, called the plantar fascia, becomes inflamed and strained. The pain may subside as your feet limber up through the day, but there are things you can do to help speed up the process.
To avoid morning heel pain, stretch the arch of your foot before you get out of bed. Try lifting your leg straight up and pulling your toes toward you, to stretch not only the arch but also your calf. Tight calf muscles often contribute to the condition.
For additional exercises, visit one of the Advanced Foot and Ankle Center’s locations in Newark, Wilmington and Glasgow, or call Dr. Raymond A. DiPretoro Jr. at 302-623-4250 for an appointment today.
What are common causes of heel pain?
If you are experiencing pain in the heel of your foot, there are many possible reasons. The most common causes of heel pain include blisters, corns, and plantar fasciitis, which is a strained and inflamed ligament in the arch of your foot. Heel spurs, or calcium buildup on the bone of your heel, can also be painful. Other culprits may be arthritis, Achilles tendinitis, a possible fracture, or a pinched nerve. Because there are so many possible causes, it’s best to have a podiatrist examine your foot.
If you are not sure what is causing your heel pain, visit Dr. Raymond A. DiPretoro Jr. of the Advanced Foot and Ankle Center Inc. right away. He can help determine the cause and provide treatment so that you’ll be walking pain-free in no time. Choose from three locations in Wilmington, Glasgow and Newark, DE. Or call 302-623-4250 to make an appointment today.
Is running with plantar fasciitis okay?
Plantar Fasciitis is an inflammation of the band of tissue, called the plantar fascia, which connects your toes to your heel bone. The condition is frequently seen in runners who suddenly run harder or farther than they have before. A change in the surface on which you run and worn-out or ill-fitting shoes are also factors. Running with plantar fasciitis will only make the condition worse and prolong the recovery time. Rest is recommended, along with ice packs, stretching exercises, and orthotic shoe inserts. We may also prescribe an anti-inflammatory medication. The longer you ignore the condition, the harder it becomes to treat. If you have heel pain, take a break from running. Time off now can save you from a worse injury and longer recovery times later.
For more information or to make an appointment, call Dr. Raymond A. DiPretoro Jr. at (302) 623-4250. You can also visit the Advanced Foot and Ankle Center Inc. locations in Glasgow, Newark, or Wilmington, DE.
Does laser treatment for heel pain hurt?
You’ve tried icing, resting, and stretching, but nothing seems to work. If the pain in your heel is persistent, don’t give up! There’s another option you can try—laser treatment for heel pain. You may be wondering if this therapy hurts. The answer is, it hurts a lot less than your heel does! Here’s how it works:
A low-laser light beam is focused on the injured area. This stimulates cellular reactions that are believed to reduce pain and inflammation, as well as increase the speed of the recovery process. There may be some tenderness, but many report immediate relief.
If you’ve exhausted all treatment options and your heel pain just won’t go away, laser treatment may be the answer. Find out more by visiting Advanced Foot and Ankle Center Inc. in Glasgow, Newark, and Wilmington DE. Call (302) 623-4250 for an appointment with Dr. Raymond A. DiPretoro Jr., or visit us online. Put an end to your heel pain today!
How can I prevent cracked heels?
The skin on your feet is dry by nature because it does not have oil glands. Keep your feet moisturized to prevent cracked heels and itchy, flakey skin. First, avoid excessively hot baths or showers and use moisturizing soap. After bathing is the best time to apply lotion to hold in moisture. Protect your feet against cold weather by wearing warm, breathable socks and shoes. Don’t scratch or rub the dry skin—use an icepack can help stop the itching. Avoid long periods of time in the sun, and regulate humidity levels in your home. Lastly, drink up! Staying hydrated helps lock moisture in, but stay away from alcohol or caffeinated drinks, which have the opposite effect. -
To learn more about problems associated with dry skin, visit Advanced Foot and Ankle Center Inc. and ask for Dr. Raymond A DiPretoro Jr. You can make an appointment at any of our convenient locations in Newark, Glasgow and Wilmington, DE, by calling (302) 623-4250.