Heel pain is a common problem for, well, pretty much anyone who has heels. This is a problem that can affect men and women, young and old, and basically any demographic or walk of life you can think of.
There are three main reasons:
- Heels sustain tremendous force loads.
- A couple of essential connective tissues are anchored to the heel bone.
- There are multiple conditions that can cause heel pain.
No matter who you are or why your heels hurt, it is simply a fact that the pain can make enjoyable activities less enjoyable – or even keep you from doing them in the first place. Further, this pain can make necessary activities—like going to work—absolutely miserable experiences.
For that reason, we are proud to help many patients from across our greater Austin communities find relief from conditions responsible for heel pain. If you are having a severe case or find that home care is not taking care of the problem, contact our office. We have a proven track record of having provided effective heel pain treatment for our patients, and we can do the same for you.
Of course, you may want to start with things you can do on your own first. With that in mind, here are some tips for reducing heel pain throughout your workday.
One treatment option that is particularly appropriate when you're on the job is to take non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like acetaminophen, ibuprofen, and naproxen. The pain-relieving properties of these medications is certainly important, but so too is their ability to relive inflammation in the injured tissue. Not sure which is right for you? Contact our office and we can provide recommendations for dosage and type.
In addition to medication, you may be able to find relief from heel pain with stretching exercises, shoe inserts, or even custom orthotics. Not all jobs provide the opportunity to stretch during the day, but doing so increases the limberness of light tissues. Shoe orthotics and orthotics can be used to reposition the foot into better positioning and take away excessive tension on the Achilles tendon and/or plantar fascia.
Heel pain doesn't particularly care if you're on the clock or not. When it strikes, you need to deal with the injury. If you've tried taking care of the pain on your own, but haven't found success, let our team at North Austin Foot & Ankle Institute help!
For more information, or to request your appointment, simply give us a call at (512) 59302949 today.