What your podiatrist in Denver wants you to know
Heel pain can be difficult to live with and keep you from the activities of your life. It can also be a symptom of a condition known as plantar fasciitis. Fortunately, both heel pain and plantar fasciitis can be effectively treated by your podiatrist. Dr. Lorry Melnick at Cherry Creek Foot Clinic in Denver, CO, wants to share the facts about heel pain and plantar fasciitis.
Some of the common symptoms of heel pain and plantar fasciitis include:
- Sharp pain on the bottom of your heel
- Aching pain in the arch of your foot
- Increasing pain when you stand up
- Increasing pain over a long period of time
You can get heel pain from stepping on sharp stones or objects, producing a heel bruise. You might also have a bone spur in your heel caused by excess calcium deposits or ligament and muscle strain. Heel pain can also be caused by flat feet or high impact activities like aerobics, running or tennis. You are at higher risk of experiencing heel pain if you have diabetes, are overweight, pregnant or you wear tight shoes or high heels.
Heel pain is sharp, sudden and can be excruciating. To avoid heel pain always wear the right shoes for the activity you are doing. Shoes should be supportive, providing adequate cushioning for the bottom of your feet.
Plantar fasciitis occurs when the thick band of tissue running across your heel becomes inflamed. This thick band, known as the plantar fascia, becomes swollen, producing throbbing, aching pain. Plantar fasciitis is very common in runners and is caused from overpronation, or rolling your feet inward. You are at higher risk of plantar fasciitis if you are diabetic or overweight.
You can try to treat heel pain and plantar fasciitis at home by following a few simple tips. You can try:
- Stretching your arches several times each day
- Resting and relieving the weight on your feet
Professional heel pain and plantar fasciitis treatments available at Cherry Creek Foot Clinic include:
- Prescription medications to reduce inflammation and pain
- Custom-fit orthotics, heel wedges and footwear for support
- Physical therapy exercises to increase flexibility
- Extracorporeal Shock Wave Treatment (ESWT)
Don’t get sidelined by heel pain or plantar fasciitis. Help is just a phone call away from Dr. Melnick at Cherry Creek Foot Clinic in Denver, CO. Call today and get some relief for your feet!