By Family Foot and Ankle Center
February 10, 2016
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Heel Pain
I Have Heel Pain; Is There Anything I Can Do? What you can do to help your heel pain.
Your heel really hurts. You feel a stabbing pain, and it’s so bad you can’t do what you need to do. Instead, you are forced to sit with your feet up and try to relax. It’s frustrating, because you have a busy life, but you can hardly put pressure on your feet. It’s time to see your podiatrist at Family Foot and Ankle Centers serving McLean, Ashburn, Fairfax and Reston, and get back on your feet.
There are many conditions which cause heel pain. You will experience heel pain if you have:
- A heel spur, which is a hard calcium deposit on the bottom of your heel
- A stone bruise, which you can get on the underside of your heel from stepping on a sharp stone or rock
- Bursitis, which is inflammation where your Achilles tendon connects to your heel bone
By far the most common reason for heel pain is plantar fasciitis, a condition in which the thick band of tissue running across your heel (plantar fascia) becomes inflamed. You can get plantar fasciitis if you are overweight, stand for long periods, or are a runner.
Home remedies are the first line of treatment. For heel pain, along with resting and not being on your feet, you can try:
Getting more supportive shoes
- Using wedges and heel or arch supports
- Stretching your arches
- Icing your heel 3 times a day for 15 minutes
- Taking over-the-counter medications like aspirin or ibuprofen
If you still hurt after trying these home remedies, it’s time to make an appointment with your podiatrist. You should also seek immediate treatment if you have tingling or numbness in your heel, or you have an injury to your heel.
Your feet are important in your life, they support you, and you need to support them. Don’t suffer from heel pain. Call your podiatrist at Family Foot and Ankle Centers in McLean/ Great Falls at (703) 556-8637, Ashburn/ Leesburg at (703) 723-9267, Fairfax/ Burke at (703) 273-9818 and Reston/ Herndon at (703)723-2719. Or visit our website at familyfootandankle.com. Get some relief today and get back on your feet!