Heel Pain Treatment
The specific course of treatment we pursue depends on the actual injury that was sustained. In many cases, nonsurgical care will help to reduce symptoms and allow the condition to improve. Conservative therapy can include ice, medication, rest, exercises, steroid injections, custom orthotics, or EPAT therapy. It is always our goal to exhaust nonsurgical procedures as we attempt to improve the situation.
When conservative treatment doesn’t produce the results you hope to see, we may need to discuss surgery as the possible solution to your problem. Fortunately, this tends to be quite rare. Examples of possible surgeries for heel pain includes releasing a tight connective tissue, whether that be the plantar fascia or Achilles tendon, or removing excess calcium buildup (a bone spur) if needed in the back of the heel.
No matter which course of treatment we recommend, we will discuss it with you so you can fully understand your options.
How to Prevent Heel Pain
The best “treatment” is always to prevent a condition from developing in the first place. Fortunately, most of the common causes of heel pain are fairly preventable. Measures to reduce your risk of developing heel pain include:
- Easing into physical activity. When starting a new running or exercise program, give your body time to adjust to the increased forces you’re placing on it. To keep your feet and ankles safe, start any new workout program at an easy level and then slowly ramp up your intensity and duration over time. A good target is a roughly 10% increase per week. Doing more increases your injury risk.
- Wearing proper footwear. Make sure you have the right shoes when exercising or participating in any sports. Additionally, choose footwear that has solid construction, fits correctly, and provides robust arch support and ample cushioning in the heel.
- Warming up and stretching. Before participating in any individual workout session or athletic activity, spend approximately 5-10 minutes walking at a brisk pace or light jogging, followed by dynamic stretches targeting the muscles you are going to use.
- Cross-training. Instead of running six days a week or relying on high-impact sports like tennis or basketball for your fitness, mix in a couple of sessions of swimming, cycling, walking, or yoga to reduce the total amount of physical stress placed on your feet and heels.
Stop Your Heel Pain Today!
No matter which of the common causes of heel pain is responsible for your pain and discomfort, we are ready to treat it for you! Come see us here at Northeast Foot and Ankle and find the relief you need. Call us at (603) 431-6070 to connect with us. Our staff will be happy to provide additional information or help you schedule an appointment at either our Portsmouth or Nashua offices! We’ve helped patients from Newington, New Castle, Madbury, and many others all throughout New Hampshire let us help you too.