After struggling for months to run without having pain, I realized that there might be something wrong with my feet. It just seemed like whenever I did any type of physical activity, I was burdened with stifling pain. It was annoying, but I knew that a podiatrist might be able to help. Sure enough, after meeting with a doctor, I learned more about what was causing the trouble. It turned out that I had pulled a tendon in my foot, which was causing all kinds of problems. This blog is all about getting your foot problems fixed once and for all.
Heel pain is one of the most annoying ailments you can have since the pain is aggravated with each step. The problem is so many things can cause heel pain that you may need help from a podiatrist to diagnose the cause and recommend the best treatment. Here are some heel pain treatments your doctor might recommend.
Orthotic inserts slip in your shoes and they provide padding or corrective treatment for a gait problem. You might need to wear a heel cup or full foot inserts with a strong arch. Some orthotics are soft and flexible while others are hard so they can provide maximum support.
Some inserts can be bought over the counter once you know what your diagnosis is. However, your podiatrist might recommend having custom inserts made when it's necessary.
Kinesiology tape is a stretchy tape that's used by athletes to provide support and reduce pain on different parts of the body. The tape is so stretchy that you still have your full range of motion in your foot, ankle, and calf while wearing it. Plus, the tape is waterproof so you don't have to worry about it coming loose if you get caught in the rain.
Kinesiology tape may not be appropriate for all types of heel pain, but if your podiatrist recommends it, be sure to apply the tape following the exact instructions provided by your podiatrist so you get the maximum benefit from using the tape.
Stretches and exercises might help your heel pain, especially if you're recovering from an injury. However, be sure to do moves recommended by your podiatrist or a physical therapist so you assist your healing and don't cause further injury. Your podiatrist might also teach you stretches and strengthening exercises to do on a routine basis so you can prevent injury and heel pain in the future.
Anti-inflammatory medication might be a useful heel pain treatment since swelling contributes to pain. The medication reduces swelling and helps relieve pain. You may find over-the-counter medication is all you need to feel better and go about your activities. However, when your pain is severe, your podiatrist might inject medication into your foot that controls pain and reduces swelling. A single injection might help with pain for a few weeks and with swelling for a few months.
Your podiatrist may have to provide multiple heel pain treatments so you get the most effective relief and so you're able to work or resume activity without further injury.
For more information on heel pain treatment, contact a doctor near you.Share
19 November 2021