- Seek immediate medical attention (head to your local ER)
- You may need a tetanus shot if it’s been more than 10 years since your last shot
- Schedule an appointment with your podiatrist within 24 hours of the injury
- Your podiatrist will provide you with a variety of care instructions to keep it clean and disinfected (make sure to follow all of these instructions)
- New or worsening pain
- Skin that’s warm to the touch
- Wash feet at least once a day with soap and warm water. Make sure that you dry your feet thoroughly after.
- Make sure to dry feet as soon as possible after dealing with sweaty or perspiring feet.
- Choose socks made from materials that wick away sweat and improve ventilation.
- Apply deodorizing sprays or powders in shoes every day after wear, and make sure to wait 24 hours before wearing the same shoes again.
Heel pain is a common reason that residents of Meredith and Concord, NH, visit Dr. William McCann, Dr. Jeffery Davis, and Dr. Thomas Detwiller of Affiliates in Podiatry. Do you know when you should see the podiatrist if you have heel pain?
It's time to call your Meredith and Concord foot doctor if you have any of these symptoms
Get in touch with your foot doctor if:
- Your heel pain lasts more than a week or two: In many cases, resting your heel as much as possible will ease the pain. If the pain persists, it's a good idea to schedule an appointment.
- You have severe pain: Severe pain is never normal and needs to be evaluated as soon as possible.
- You're having trouble walking: Your podiatrist needs to see you if walking is painful or difficult.
- You can't put any weight on your heel at all: If your pain started after you were in an accident or jumped or fell, you may have a fractured heel.
Your heel pain may be caused by one of these conditions
In addition to fractures, heel pain can be caused by:
- Plantar Fasciitis: The condition occurs when the tough band of tissue that connects your heel to your toes becomes inflamed. Pain may be worse first thing in the morning and after sitting or being inactive for a while.
- Heel Fissure: Deep, painful cracks in your heels may not heal without treatment from a foot doctor.
- Heel Spurs: Calcium deposits that form on the bottoms or back of your heel make walking painful.
- Achilles Tendonitis: Inflammation in the thin tendon at the back of your heel can result in tenderness and pain.
- Retrocalcaneal Bursitis: Pain at the back of your heel may also be caused by inflammation in the retrocalcaneal bursa, a small sac that helps the Achilles tendon glide easily.
No matter what the source of your heel pain, your foot doctor offers treatments that can ease your symptoms. Depending on your diagnosis, treatment may include walking boots, crutches, prescription shoe inserts or heel cups, prescription medication, corticosteroid injections, or ultrasound therapy.
Are you struggling with heel pain? Schedule a visit with your Meredith and Concord, NH, foot doctors, Dr. William McCann, Dr. Jeffery Davis, and Dr. Thomas Detwiller of Affiliates in Podiatry. Make an appointment at the Concord office by calling (603) 225-5281 or at the Meredith office by calling (603) 279-0339.
Certain shoes can leave you prone to cracked heels and dry skin due to friction from wearing loose-fitted shoes. People who wear sandals and other open-heeled shoes are more at risk for developing cracked heels. Instead, opt for closed-heeled shoes that fit properly and provide support.
If you are overweight, you may be surprised to discover that this could be contributing to your dry, cracked heels. This is because your feet take on all of your weight while standing, walking, and running. By safely dropping that excess weight through a healthy diet and regular exercise you can alleviate some of the pressure placed on your heels to reduce the risk of cracking.
While we know just how luxurious it feels to stand in a steaming hot shower, especially during the winter months, this could be contributing to dry skin on your feet and cracked heels. If this is something you deal with regularly you may look at your current bathing or showering ritual to see if that could be the culprit. Simply use warm and not hot water, which can strip the skin of the oils it needs to stay moist.
You should moisturize your feet every day to prevent dry skin from happening in the first place. Moisturizers that contain lactic acid, glycerin, or petroleum jelly can help to lock in moisture in your feet. Moisturize every time you get out of the shower and throughout the day, especially before going to bed. If you are prone to very dry, cracked feet, you may wish to moisturize and then wear socks to bed.
- Pain that occurs immediately after an injury or accident
- Pain that is directly above a bone
- Pain that is worse with movement
- Bruising and severe swelling
- A cracking sound at the moment of injury
- A visible deformity or bump
- Can’t put weight on the injured foot
The symptoms of a sprain are far less severe. You can often put weight on the injured foot with a sprain; however, you may notice some slight pain and stiffness. You may also have heard a popping sound at the moment of the injury with a sprain, while a broken bone often produces a cracking sound. The pain associated with a sprain will also be above soft tissue rather than bone. A podiatrist will perform an X-ray to be able to determine if you are dealing with a break or a sprain.
Rest is key to allowing an injury, particularly a fracture, to heal properly. Along with rest, your doctor may also recommend either an over-the-counter or prescription-strength pain reliever, depending on the severity of your fracture. Those with more moderate to severe fractures may require a special boot, brace, or splint. Those with more severe fractures may need to wear a cast and use crutches, so they can avoid putting any weight on the foot.
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