Don’t let heel pain affect your daily life. Find out what you can do to ease your symptoms.
Heel pain is a common problem that our Bentonville podiatrist Dr. Bryan Sheehan sees on a regular basis. While not all heel pain is severe enough to affect someone’s activities, there are some that are plagued with such severe discomfort that it completely changes day-to-day routines. Before heel pain impacts your life, find out what you can do to treat it.
One of the most common causes of heel pain is plantar fasciitis, a condition that affects the thick band of tissue that runs from your heels to your toes. If plantar fasciitis is causing your heel pain, you’ll find that your pain is worse when first waking up or after physical activity. Of course, a proper diagnosis from our Bentonville foot doctor is a good idea, but in the meantime here are some good at-home tips for soothing your discomfort:
- Use an ice pack on the heel several times a day for about 10-15 minutes at a time. Ice is a great way to target both pain and swelling.
- Try an over-the-counter pain reliever like ibuprofen to help with inflammation and pain.
- Avoid strenuous or high-impact physical activities that will just exacerbate your condition.
- There are some great exercises and stretches recommended by the American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society to alleviate plantar fasciitis-related heel pain.
- Wear shoes that provide arch and heel support. When you come in for proper care ask us whether orthotics could improve your foot health.
- Avoid walking on uneven surfaces.
- You can also wear a night splint or braces while you sleep.
If these options don’t work then more aggressive treatment options may need to be considered such as,
- Cortisone injections
- Extracorporeal shockwave therapy (ESWT)
Don’t let heel pain slow you down. Turn to our Bentonville, AR foot care specialists at Ankle & Foot Centers of Mid-America. We are here to make sure that you get the care you need to get back to your life fast.