Heel Pain Treatment That Doesn't Tip-Toe Around
Have you recently taken up tip-toeing? That’s great if you’re trying to sneak up on someone, or if you’re a ballerina, but it’s really not practical for day-to-day life. You can’t exactly tip-toe through a restaurant or grocery store. Well, maybe if you have to reach something on the top shelf, but otherwise you can’t stay on your toes the rest of your life. Sooner or later you’ll need to put your heels down, and if the thought of that makes you cringe, it’s probably time for heel pain treatment from Advanced Foot and Ankle Center Inc.
Pampering Plantar Fasciitis
This is the most common cause of heel pain. It occurs when the band of tissues along the bottom of your foot, called plantar fascia, becomes irritated and inflamed. An overuse injury, it is frequently seen in runners who suddenly increase their miles or the intensity of their workouts. Other culprits include shoes that don’t fit correctly, and an imbalanced foot strike. This is called over- or under-pronation and refers to your foot rolling too far inward or outward when you step.
Treatments we may recommend include rest, stretches, anti-inflammatory medication, ice, massage, and well-fitting shoes with good cushion and arch support. Also, orthotic devices that slip into your shoes can help with proper alignment and support.
Healing Heel Spurs
Often accompanying plantar fasciitis, heel spurs are calcium deposits on the underside of your heel bone. The mostly affect people with flat feet or high arches.
Treatment for heel pain from bone spurs is similar to that for plantar fasciitis, but also includes special heel pads to relieve pressure. In severe cases, surgery is a possibility.
Caring for Calcaneus Fractures
The calcaneus, or heel bone, is the most commonly fractured bone in the foot. It is most often damaged by high impact, like falling from a great height. Bruising, swelling, and difficulty walking are tell-tale signs that you’ve suffered a heel fracture.
Rest is at the top of the list for treatment. You will likely use crutches to ensure non-weight bearing activity. A splint or cast will help protect the heel bone, and we can advise you on padding and anti-inflammatory medication that will ease the pain. Physical therapy will expedite recovery.
Stifling Stone Bruises
Just as it sounds, this is a deep bruise of the heel bone, caused by—you guessed it—stepping on a stone or other hard object. Pain will eventually subside on its own.
Easing the Pain
If your heels hurt and you want to walk without pain, it’s time to stop tip-toeing through the tulips and get some help. Talk to Dr. Raymond A. DiPretoro Jr. about heel pain treatment. He can help you find the cause of your pain and the best option to make it go away! Call (302) 623-4250 for an appointment at Advanced Foot and Ankle Center Inc. or visit us in Newark, Glasgow, or Wilmington, DE. It’s time to get down off of those toes and find the help you need to make your heels happy.