Heel pain is a common problem brought on in a variety of ways: plantar fasciitis – which is the most common condition for causing heel pain, heel spurs – a common condition among people who have long-suffered from plantar fasciitis or tarsal tunnel syndrome – a condition in which the long nerve in the back of the foot becomes pinched. A more uncommon cause of heel pain are stress fractures and are most commonly found in long-distance runners.
If you are like the many others who suffer from heel pain but you don’t know the cause or know the cause but not the treatment, it’s time to visit your Edmonton podiatrist. The treatment you receive should be directly related to the cause of the pain if you hope to get any relief. Signs that you need medical attention include:
- You are unable to walk comfortably on the painful side;
- You suffer from heel pain even when you aren’t standing, or at night when you’re sleeping;
- Your pain continues for more than a few days;
- You have swelling or discoloration on or around your heel area;
- You notice signs of infection: swelling, redness, heat
Heel Pain Treatment Options
As mentioned earlier, the treatment of your heel pain is dependent on the cause; this is why home remedies and self-diagnosis is not recommended. If you are experiencing heel pain for the first time or you are unsure of the cause, medical attention is required. Depending on your situation, your Edmonton foot doctor may offer you a variety of treatments such as:
- Rest – Avoiding any activity that irritates the heel pain is the first step. If you are jogger, for example, take a few days off from your routine. If you spend long hours on your feet, take a few days off. Many times, rest for extended periods of time can help alleviate the pain.
- Cold Therapy – Applying ice packs can help lessen pain and even help alleviate some of your symptoms.
- Exercise – There are exercises and stretches that are specifically designed to relax the heel area. These exercises can be performed in the morning and in the evening and can help you feel better. However, see your doctor before beginning these exercises.
- Medications – Anti-inflammatory drugs are available to help manage pain, however seek the advice of a medical professional before even trying the over-the-counter medications.
- Shoe Inserts – Finally, shoe inserts may be recommended as a successful treatment to your heel pain. The inserts when worn regularly, can help you maintain your daily routine without suffering.
As stated at the onset, heel pain is a common complaint but one that can be treated easily enough. If you are suffering from heel pain, see your doctor to find out the right course of treatment for you.