Don’t Ignore Your Heel Pain
Heel pain can start with only mild symptoms which are easy to ignore. It may go away, or it may develop into more severe, debilitating pain. Heel pain can sideline you from the activities of your life, but there is help from the experts at Advanced Foot and Ankle Specialists. They have several convenient office locations in Montclare, Chicago, Elgin, Huntley, Crystal Lake and Schaumburg, IL, to help you and your feet.
Heel pain can be caused by cracks and fissures on your heel, resulting from dry skin. The best treatment is just to moisturize your heels daily and don’t forget the sunscreen in the summer!
Heel pain can also be caused by bruising, resulting from stepping on sharp stones or objects. Helpful treatments include icing your heel and taking weight off of it several times each day. You can also benefit from wearing heel wedges and more supportive, cushioned footwear.
Heel spurs resulting from excess calcium deposits or muscle and ligament strain can also cause severe heel pain. Heel spurs need the help of the experts at Advanced Foot and Ankle Specialists.
The most frequent cause of severe heel pain is plantar fasciitis, a condition that affects runners and people who engage in high-impact activities. Plantar fasciitis is caused by the thick band of tissue running across your heel, known as the plantar fascia, becoming inflamed.
Plantar fasciitis doesn’t just affect athletes. You are at greater risk for plantar fasciitis if you have diabetes, are overweight, have flat feet, or if you wear poorly-fitting shoes.
If you suffer from plantar fasciitis, you can try:
- Resting and taking weight off of your feet
- Icing your heel for 15 minutes several times each day
- Taking anti-inflammatory and pain medications like Ibuprofen or Tylenol
If your heel pain doesn’t respond to home therapies, increases after rising out of bed and increases over a period of several months, chances are you have plantar fasciitis. Your podiatrists at Advanced Foot and Ankle Specialists may recommend:
- Padding and strapping your foot
- Custom-made orthotics
- Corticosteroid injections
- A removable walking case or night splint
- Physical therapy and stretching
Don’t let heel pain take over your life when help is just a phone call away. It’s time to call the experts at Advanced Foot and Ankle Specialists. They have several convenient office locations in Montclare, Chicago, Elgin, Huntley, Schaumburg, IL, to help you get relief from heel pain so call today!