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By Premier Podiatry
December 11, 2015
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Heel Pain  

Find out how to treat your heel pain once and for all.

It’s amazing how we don’t often think about the toll our everyday activities take on our feet until we are dealing with pain and other issues. If heel pain has plagued you, find out what you can do to manage your pain and when to see your Marietta podiatrists Dr. I Heel PainCristina Verlezza and Dr. Scott Cohen for treatment.

Your Heel Pain Treatment Options

Here are some of the most common ways to alleviate heel pain:

Medication: Taking non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like ibuprofen or Aleve can temporarily alleviate pain and inflammation.

Icing: Icing the heel for about 10 to 15 minutes at a time, a couple times a day, can also keep pain and inflammation down. Just always be sure to wrap ice in a towel and never apply directly to the skin, as this can cause serious burns.

Exercise: Since one of the most common causes of heel pain is plantar fasciitis (an inflammation of the plantar fascia) or Achilles tendonitis, performing calf and plantar fascia exercises each day can help to strengthen the muscles and improve stability. Opt for exercises like wall or stair stretches or wrap a towel around your foot to perform some resistance stretching.

Rest: Pain is your body’s way of telling you to take it a little easier. This means avoiding strenuous physical activities that could exacerbate your condition. If you have a regular exercise regime talk to your foot doctor in Marietta, GA about different exercises you can do that won’t put pressure on the aggravated muscles.

Orthotics: These shoe inserts can be custom-made by your podiatrist in Marietta, GA and can help provide additional support for your foot. Even though you can purchase orthotics from your local pharmacy, they aren’t tailored for your specific needs or foot shape so talk to us first if you’re interested in orthotics.

Splinting/bracing: For those not interested in wearing orthotics you can consider wrapping or bracing the heel to take pressure off the areas that are causing you pain. We would be happy to show you how to apply the tape to achieve the best results.

Corticosteroid injections: If other more conservative treatments haven’t reduced or eliminated your pain, then steroid injections may be recommended to reduce both severe pain and inflammation.

As a last and final resort when all other treatments have failed, surgery may be recommended. But if you have tried many of these more conservative at-home treatments and not noticed a change in your symptoms after two to three weeks it’s time to see us.

Don’t just passively wait around for your foot problems to go away. You shouldn’t have to be in pain and your foot doctors in Marietta, GA are here to ensure that you get the care you deserve so you can get back to what really matters. Turn to Premier Podiatry-East Cobb today.

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