Heel pain is one of the most common problems we see. This past week we had an especially large volume of patients with heel pain come into the office. It could be because of the long weekend, people tend to have an increase in activity level when they’re vacationing. A lot of times, people try activities they normally wouldn’t do or increase their level without properly preparing for the activity.
Heel pain can come about all of a sudden and either stay the same or progressively get worse. Any increase in activity could aggravate the underlying tissues and cause inflammation and swelling of the soft tissue, which in turn leads to pain. Sometimes the increase in activity can be so minor that you don’t think you’re doing anything out of the ordinary.
Heel pain can be treated in many different ways. The key to preventing long term problems is to support your arch with a device known as an orthotic. An orthotic is an insert customly designed for your foot that will support your arch with every step you take. Here at Advanced Podiatry, we have the most innovative orthotics that can be worn in almost any shoe, including dress shoes and sandals! In addition to supporting your arch, proper stretching of certain tendons and ligaments is key. There are a number of ways to stretch your foot/leg, including a variety of devices that will do the stretching for you. At our office, we demonstrate in detail how to use such products and show you how to perform proper stretching exercises. Other treatment options include anti-inflammatory medications, steroid injections, and the newest forms of injections such as Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP), Prolotherapy, and Ozone.
If you’re feeling even the slightest pain, it is better that you have it examined as soon as possible because it has the potential of getting worse. The sooner you start treating the problem, the quicker your recovery time will be. Give us a call at 813-875-0555 and schedule an appointment with us; you don’t need to suffer from heel pain anymore!