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Heel pain is an irritating, exhausting nuisance that hinders one's mobility and interferes with people's ability capacity to perform simple daily tasks. If you have sharp stabbing heel pain, you may have a condition called plantar fasciitis. Your Meredith and Concord, NH, podiatrist, Dr.William McCann, specializes in treatments for plantar fasciitis, most of which are non-invasive.
How We Can Help Your Plantar Fasciitis
The first step with plantar fasciitis is to cut down on strenuous overuse of your feet and heels, especially barefoot or with shoes that do not support the fascia tissue located at the arc of the foot. Do this by choosing shoes that support the arch of the foot to relieve some heel pain.
The next more active steps to relieve pain involves stretching the fascia muscles and applying the RICE method: rest your feet, ice the heel to alleviate the inflammation, control the pain using over-the-counter medicine to reduce inflammation, and elevate your feet.
What if those methods don't work?
If the above doesn't work, the next stage is applying specialized devices to the foot, such as night splints, which keep the foot tissues extended to relieve common morning heel pain or a walking cast to ensure the foot doesn't move and cause further irritation. Place pads in shoes to reduce shock and impact on the foot, or straps to keep the foot more secure while walking.
Orthotic devices, which your Meredith and Concord podiatrist can customize-make for you, may be placed in the shoes to correct irregularities, which may be the true cause of soreness.
Contacting your Podiatrist
If pain persists despite these treatments, Affiliates in Podiatry located In Meredith and Concord, NH, can provide more involved procedures such as corticosteroid injections in the foot to cut down on inflammation and ease pain. And, while surgery is rare, that is an option available as well. Make sure you contact Dr. William McCann for more information by calling (603) 279-0330 for our office in Mereditch, NH, or (603) 225-5281 in Concord, NH, today!
While heel pain is a common problem this doesn’t mean that it should just be brushed aside or considered a small matter. Untreated heel pain can lead to long-term pain and other problems. While there are many causes of heel pain the most common cause is plantar fasciitis. This condition causes irritation and inflammation within the thick band of tissue (known as the plantar fascia) that runs along the soles of the feet from the toes to the heel.
The telltale sign of plantar fasciitis is that the heel pain occurs under the heel beneath the heel bone. The pain may radiate to the arches of the feet because the plantar fascia provides support to the arches, as well. Heel pain may be worse first thing in the morning or after long bouts of inactivity. You may notice that your heel pain gets better with movement and exercise but gets worse immediately after.
Many people can treat plantar fasciitis effectively with at-home care; however, if your symptoms are severe, become worse or aren’t responding to conservative home treatments after five days then it’s time to see your podiatrist. A podiatrist will be able to provide you with answers as to what is causing your heel pain and how to best treat it.
Treating Plantar Fasciitis
Simple, conservative measures are usually all that’s needed to treat heel pain caused by plantar fasciitis. This includes:
- Resting and avoiding exercise and high-impact activities that will make symptoms worse
- Icing the heel and arches of the feet up to 20 minutes at a time, 2-3 times a day
- Wearing supportive shoes with a low heel
- Placing custom orthotics within shoes for additional support
- Performing specific foot stretching and strengthening exercises
- Taking over-the-counter pain relievers to reduce pain and swelling
- Wearing a night splint to reduce morning pain and stiffness
Your foot doctor can show you a variety of exercises to perform that can alleviate heel pain and stiffness associated with plantar fasciitis. A podiatrist can also make prescription shoe inserts to provide your feet with the proper cushioning and structural support they need to reduce pressure points and improve the biomechanics of your feet.
Those with severe and persistent heel pain may require more aggressive treatment options such as ultrasound, steroid injections or shockwave therapy. Chronic plantar fasciitis may even require surgery to get rid of inflammation and tension within the plantar fascia. Surgery is rare but may be necessary when other treatment options have failed to properly manage and treat symptoms.
If you are dealing with heel pain for the first time it’s a good idea to see a podiatrist who can determine the cause of your pain and provide you with a customized treatment plan to get your heel pain under control.
- Plantar fasciitis
- Achilles tendinitis
- Heel pain
- Ankle sprains and fractures
- Foot fractures
- Sports-related injuries
- Bunions and hammertoes
- Corns and calluses
- Diabetic foot care
- Fungal infections
- Ingrown toenails
- Heel spurs
Understanding Heel Pain with Help from Your Podiatrist
- Wear shoes that fit well
- Wear proper shoes for each activity
- Do not wear shoes with excessive wear on heels or soles
- Prepare properly before exercising by stretching and warming up
- Pace yourself when you participate in athletic activities
- Don’t underestimate your body’s need for rest and good nutrition
- Lose excess weight