What you can do about heel pain
You love baseball season and you can’t wait to experience the glory of sliding into home base. The only thing is, you are suffering sharp, stabbing pain in your heel. You don’t want heel pain to interfere with your life, but it doesn’t have to. You can get relief with just a simple phone call. Your podiatrists at Family Foot and Ankle Associates of Maryland, in Olney, Clinton, Silver Spring, and Kensington, Maryland., want to help with your heel pain.
You don’t have to play baseball to have heel pain. You can have a heel spur, which is a hard calcium deposit on your heel. Stone bruises from stepping on sharp stones and Achilles tendon inflammation can also cause heel pain. By far, the most common reason for annoying heel pain is plantar fasciitis, inflammation of the thick band of tissue running across your heel, called the plantar fascia.
Your podiatrists at Family Foot and Ankle Associates of Maryland are here to share some tips with you on how to get relief from heel pain. In addition to getting more supportive shoes, you can try:
- Taking over-the-counter pain and anti-inflammatory medications
- Placing an ice pack on your heel three times a day for 15 minutes
- Gently stretching your Achilles tendon and the arch of your foot
- Placing heel inserts or cushions in your shoes
For stubborn heel pain, you should seek out your podiatrists at Family Foot and Ankle Associates of Maryland. They can offer several effective professional treatments including:
- Prescription strength anti-inflammatory medications
- Custom-made orthotic devices
- Stretching exercises and physical therapy
- Extracorporeal Shock Wave Treatment
For severe cases of heel pain that don’t respond to conventional treatment, surgery may be indicated. Possible surgical treatments include releasing the plantar fascia or repositioning of the bones in your foot to prevent pressure on your heel.
You don’t need to let heel pain keep you on the sidelines. You deserve to enjoy the activities of your life with nothing holding you back. If you are suffering from heel pain, call your podiatrists at Family Foot and Ankle Associates of Maryland, with offices in Olney, Clinton, Silver Spring, and Kensington, Maryland. Don’t let heel pain keep you from the glory of sliding into home plate. Call today!