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Kick Your Advanced Heel Pain
Part 3 in our 3-Part Heel Pain Blog Series
You have been battling the pain in your heel and you’ve exhausted all of the home remedies you can think of, including the ones mentioned in our last blog post about conservative treatments for heel pain. While conservative treatments can often help alleviate pain, for some people more advanced treatments options are necessary. That’s what we’re discussing today in more depth.
In our office, not only do we discuss conservative treatments, but I often perform a variety of procedures to help bring faster heel pain relief for my patients.
Strapping. We can wrap the foot using special tape to provide the most support to the plantar fascia and limit movement, which can often relieve the symptoms being experienced. This treatment can be effective in minimizing symptoms of heel pain.
Orthotics. These are special shoe inserts designed to help provide additional support and correction to the root cause of plantar fasciitis. It often provides the relief needed for our patients. There are a wide variety of orthotics available at many different price points. In our office we offer pre-fabricated over-the-counter shoe inserts for less than $50, as well as custom fit orthotics. Custom orthotics are generally more expensive than pre-fabricated inserts, but the benefits of custom orthotics are usually greater because they have been molded to your foot specifically, ensuring your foot is supported where you need it most. Additionally, custom orthotics are made of higher grade material and last much longer than over-the-counter devices. The cost for custom orthotics can often even be offset with insurance coverage.
Injections. Anti-inflammatory medication can be injected into the plantar fascial region to reduce swelling and tenderness. It can be a painful treatment for some, but is usually effective in providing relief for patients for several months at a time.
Night Splints. This is a brace generally worn at night to reduce “first step in the morning” pain. The device supports the foot in a “toe-up” position that allows the plantar fascia to remain gently stretched throughout the night, so your first step out of bed isn’t accompanied by pain. These also are often covered, at least partially, by insurance.
Surgery. When all other options have been exhausted, there are surgical options for eliminating plantar fasciitis. A special procedure can be done to release the plantar fascia, eliminating the root cause of the pain. These cases are less common and are usually only considered when both conservative and advanced treatment options have been exhausted. The vast majority of heel pain sufferers can usually find the relief they are looking for through more conservative means of treatment.
If you are suffering from heel pain, know that you don’t have to! In our three-part blog series, we’ve discussed several options for both conservative and advanced treatments for your heel pain. For many patients, a mix of at-home and in-office heel pain treatments usually works to correct their plantar fasciitis. We hope you’ve found the information in this series helpful for kicking your own heel pain! If you have questions, click here to make an appointment or call our office at 209-823-2700. We’re here to help Heel your Pain.
Part 2 in our 3-Part Heel Pain Blog Series
Does your heel still hurt? After reading the first of our three-part series on heel pain, you’re probably wondering what you can do to kick that heel pain now! Plantar Fasciitis, or heel spur syndrome, can often be treated effectively at home with simple remedies. The following are conservative treatment options I like to suggest to my patients:
Stretch, stretch, stretch. I think we often underestimate the benefits of stretching. Google “calf stretches” and try out a few routines. I’ll be demonstrating these and other types of stretches at our upcoming FREE STRETCHING CLINIC as part of WALK WITH YOUR DOC event on Saturday, April 16, 2016 at Northgate Park in Manteca, CA near the entrance to the Tidewater Bikeway. Please join us and I’d be happy to show you proper stretching techniques that can help provide you with the relief you’re seeking. (The first 10 participants even receive a $5 gift card to Hi-Five Nutrition in Manteca!)
Massage. This is something I demonstrate to my patients often in the office as a means of providing pain relief. Focus on deeply working the areas that bother you most.
Apply ice. My favorite form of icing the foot is by rolling the foot along a frozen bottle of water. Then once you are done, just pop the bottle back in the freezer & you can re-use it over and over again as needed.
Choose shoes with good arch support. Good shoes can really make such a difference in the overall health of your feet. Have you checked out our Patient Education section here on the website for information on shoes? We cover a variety of topics from what to look for in athletic shoes to shoes for men, women, and children. Spend a little time reading up and choose your next pair of shoes wisely.
Once you’ve exhausted these conservative treatments, you should find some, if not total, relief from your heel pain symptoms. If your pain persists, however, know that there are more advanced treatment options available. Stay tuned for the third part in our heel pain series that delves more deeply into additional options for treating heel pain. If you just can’t wait any longer, request an appointment or call (209) 823-2700 today, and I’d be happy to help you along your journey to Kick Your Heel Pain.
Heel Pain. It’s awful. And surprisingly, more of us suffer with it than you might think! My goal is to help you kick that pain to the curb where it belongs and get you back on your feet doing the things you love! In this three-part blog series we'll cover typical symptoms, at-home treatment options, and more advanced treatment options available for heel pain.
Part 1-Typical Symptoms
First of all, we should keep in mind that pain of any kind is not normal. Pain is the body’s signal to us that something is wrong. If you are experiencing foot or heel pain that won’t go away, don’t just ignore it. Take steps to educate yourself about treatment options and make it a priority to address the root cause of your pain. You deserve to have a body that is healthy and free from pain! Here are some of the most common things I hear from patients about heel pain; tell me if any of these sound familiar:
“The first step of the morning is the most painful!”
“Painful needles poke me every time I take a step!”
“My heel aches all day long, whether I am on my feet or not.”
“I’ve had pain for awhile, but it just keeps getting worse.”
The types of symptoms listed above are common with a condition known as Plantar Fasciitis (PLAN-ter fash-ee-EYE-tus), which is basically an inflammation of the ligament that connects your heel bone to your toes. If you are suffering with these types of symptoms, or something similar, there is help available! You deserve to be healthy and pain-free! Stay tuned for our next blog posts in this series about at-home and advanced treatment options for your heel pain. If you can't wait, check out our heel pain section here on the website for more information, or if you are local to the Manteca, CA area, feel free to call our office at (209)823-2700 or make an appointment request to schedule a consultation with Dr. Harvey who can give you the best treatment options for getting you back on your feet.
Heel pain can easily wreak havoc on your daily life. You might miss your favorite workout, have trouble completing your work responsibilities, or be unable to get around the house. If you suffer from heel pain that interferes with your daily life, follow the steps from podiatrist Dr. Jack Andrew Harvey of San Joaquin Foot & Ankle in Manteca, CA below and get back on your feet faster.
1. Consider the Cause of Your Pain
First and foremost, check for severe injury. Did you recently twist an ankle or suffer a blow to your foot? If so, you might have a fracture or sprain. Seek immediate medical treatment if you think your pain is due to an acute injury.
Has your daily routine changed recently? Perhaps you started a new job or workout, or took a vacation where you did more walking than usual. These things can lead to temporary heel pain, but it’s still important to give yourself the extra care you need to find relief.
2. Get Immediate Relief
- The RICE method--rest, ice, compression, and elevation--should be the first step to begin relieving your pain and reducing inflammation.
- Excessive tension in the calves and feet can cause heel pain. Try stretching these muscles, massaging them with your hands or a foam roller, or scheduling a professional massage to relieve your pain.
- If your pain worsens with physical activity, you may need to get new shoes for walking and exercise. Insoles can also help provide proper arch support and align your foot.
3. Seek Medical Care
Some heel pain conditions can’t be fully resolved on your own. If self-care and lifestyle changes don't relieve your pain, seek the advice of a Manteca professional as soon as possible.
Cortisone injections or physical therapy may be among the first treatment recommendations. In some cases, surgery is the best option to relieve your pain if nothing else helps.
If you suspect an injury or suffer from chronic pain that you can’t solve alone, don’t hesitate to seek help. Continuing to use a painful foot can lead to worse problems, and can eventually cause pain in other areas of your legs, hips, or back.
Dr. Jack Harvey is an experienced podiatrist in Manteca, CA who can help you recover fully from your heel pain. Request your appointment now or call (209) 823-2700 today.