Find out some simple solutions for eradicating your heel pain.
Whether you are looking to get ready for a marathon or you are just interested in getting into some exercise routine, it’s important that you do this gradually otherwise you may find yourself dealing with some pretty unpleasant heel pain. If you are experiencing heel pain, our Manchester, CT, podiatrist, Dr. Donna Boccelli, is here to tell you what might be going on and how to handle the problem so it doesn’t get worse.
What can cause heel pain?
There are so many different injuries and conditions that can lead to heel pain that it’s often impossible to tell what’s going on unless you visit our Manchester foot doctor for care. It’s a good idea to play it safe and give us a call when you start noticing heel pain.
When you come into our office, we will be able to perform a thorough physical exam and even run imaging tests, if necessary, to find out what’s going on. The cause of your pain will determine what treatment options will work best for you.
In most cases, heel pain is due to an inflammatory condition known as plantar fasciitis, in which the thick band of tissue that runs the length of the feet becomes swollen. Micro-tears occur within the fascia, which can lead to heel pain and inflammation. This is the most common reason why people deal with heel pain.
How do you treat heel pain?
First and foremost, it’s really important that you give your foot time to rest. Avoid any high-impact activities that put too much pressure on the affected foot such as running; however, this doesn’t mean that you need to avoid physical activity altogether. Instead, opt for low-impact exercises such as swimming or cycling until the pain has gone away and your foot has had ample time to heal.
Our foot specialists would also be happy to show you a variety of different stretching exercises you can perform daily to provide relief to tight and overworked muscles, tendons and ligaments in the foot. From calf stretches to rolling a cold water bottle under the arches of your feet, there are many ways to provide relief from your pain. Other treatment options include orthotic devices and physical therapy. If conservative treatments and rest don't end your heel pain, Extracorporeal Shock Wave Treatment (ESWT) may be needed.
Don’t let pain be the new norm for you. Foot pain can treated if you take the proper measures. Let the foot experts at Podiatry Center of Eastern Connecticut effectively treat your foot pain in Manchester, CT, so you can go back to enjoying life.