Posts for: November, 2016
Your heels are essential to the proper functioning of your feet. The heel bone, also called the calcaneus, is the foundation of the back of the foot. When there’s intense heel pain, it can be a challenge to walk, jump or even stand in the normal course of a day. Find out how you can get relief from your heel pain with the help of your podiatrist Dr. William Sachs at Adult & Child Footcare in Shrewsbury and Toms River, NJ.
What Causes Heel Pain?
Most of the people who complain about heel pain are athletes and other people who have to spend a lot of time on their feet every day. Here are just a few of the potential causes of heel pain:
- Achilles tendinitis (a common complaint of patients who play sports).
- Heel spurs and plantar fasciitis (common in long-distance runners).
- Arthritis or bursitis (more common in older patients).
- Wearing bad shoes that irritate the heels.
- Obesity (putting too much weight on the feet).
- Heredity (patients can be genetically prone to heel problems).
Getting Relief from Heel Pain
Luckily, your Shrewsbury and Toms River podiatrist can help you get relief from your heel pain. Here are some common treatment options available at Adult & Child Footcare:
- Stretches and exercises designed to strengthen the heel.
- Anti-inflammatory medications to manage pain.
- Orthotics (devices that provide necessary support to the heel and relieve pain).
- Platelet Rich Plasma (patient’s platelets and white blood cells are injected into the irritated area to stimulate healing).
Preventing Future Heel Problems
After your heel pain goes away, the next goal is to ensure that it doesn’t return. Here are a few simple tips for how to prevent future problems with your heels:
- Only wear shoes that provide proper support to your heels. If you must wear high heels for an occasion, choose kitten heels over spiked heels or stilettos and take transportation to your destination.
- Wear your custom orthotics daily.
- Tape up or wrap your feet before practices and games as recommended by your podiatrist if you’re an athlete.
- Stretch your feet before participating in physical activity.
Call for a Heel Exam
Your Shrewsbury and Toms River, NJ podiatrist Dr. William Sachs can recommend the treatment that will work best for your specific case of heel pain. Call Adult & Child Footcare today to schedule an appointment.