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Have you been wondering why you have heel pain? Injuries, inflammation, and even the shoes you wear can cause your uncomfortable symptoms. Your Perry Hall and Fallston, MD, podiatrist, Dr. Edward Orman, diagnoses and treats heel pain and other foot and ankle conditions at Honeygo Podiatry.
You don't have to actually step on a rock to get a stone bruise. Stepping on any hard object can cause a painful minor injury to the fat pad under your heel. A stone bruise can also occur if you work out in shoes that don't offer enough padding.
As you age, the layer of fat under your heel thins, making it more susceptible to bruising. If you experience stone bruises often or your bruise doesn't improve in a week or two, call Honeygo Podiatry for an appointment in either the Perry Hall or Fallston location. We may recommend heel cups or orthotics. for these prescription shoe inserts provide extra cushioning and support for your feet.
Plantar fasciitis occurs due to inflammation of the tough band of connective tissue that runs along the bottom of your foot. If you have the condition, you may notice that your pain is worse first thing in the morning or after you've been sitting. Plantar fasciitis pain may be mild at first but can grow more intense over several weeks or months.
You may be more likely to develop the condition if you have flat feet or high arches, spend long hours on your feet, are overweight, or don't wear supportive shoes.
Treatment options for plantar fasciitis may include anti-inflammatory medication, physical therapy, and corticosteroid injections. Dr. Orman may also recommend physical therapy, a removable walking cast, night splints to stretch the fascia, or padding and strapping to cushion your foot and relieve strain.
Pain Caused By Shoes
Sometimes, eliminating heel pain is as simple as changing your shoes. If your shoes are too tight in the heels or don't provide enough cushioning, swapping them for another pair can provide relief.
Does your pain only occur when you wear high heels? Over time, frequent high heel wear can shorten your Achilles tendon, the thin tendon that runs along the back of your heel. Stretching exercises can be helpful, but in some cases, surgery to lengthen the tendon may be needed.
Are you ready to find out what's causing your heel pain? Call the Perry Hall, MD, office at (410) 529-4141 or the Fallston, MD, office at (410) 877-3369 to schedule an appointment at Honeygo Podiatry with Dr. Orman today!
Understanding Heel Pain with Help from Your Podiatrist
- Wear shoes that fit well
- Wear proper shoes for each activity
- Do not wear shoes with excessive wear on heels or soles
- Prepare properly before exercising by stretching and warming up
- Pace yourself when you participate in athletic activities
- Don’t underestimate your body’s need for rest and good nutrition
- Lose excess weight
Are you dealing with heel pain? If so, you aren’t alone. Foot pain, particularly heel pain, is one of the most common complaints and most people will deal with pain at some point during their lifetime. Whether you are on your feet all day for work or you are a runner, there are many risk factors that can play into your likelihood to deal with heel pain. If heel pain is happening to you, you may be wondering what’s causing it and how you can get rid of the pain quickly.
Causes of Heel Pain
As you might imagine, there are many reasons why you might be experiencing heel pain. The root cause will also determine the best course of action for getting your symptoms under control while providing the optimal healing environment for a speedy recovery.
The most common cause of heel pain is an acute inflammatory condition known as plantar fasciitis, in which the thick band of tissue that runs along the soles of the feet from the toes to the heel (known as the plantar fascia) becomes inflamed. Of course, there are other reasons people experience heel pain. Other causes include:
- Achilles tendinitis
- Achilles tendon rupture
- Stress fracture
- Tarsal tunnel syndrome
- Heel spur
- Osteomyelitis (an infection of the bone)
- Page’s disease of bone
- Peripheral neuropathy
Heel Pain Treatment Options
For more mild-to-moderate cases of heel pain, your podiatrist may recommend simple conservative treatment options that you can incorporate into your daily routine from the comfort of home. This is usually the first course of action, unless the condition is more serious. Only once we’ve exhausted at-home care and pain is still present do we decide on more aggressive tactics for handling your symptoms.
Common at-home heel pain treatment options include:
- OTC pain relievers (e.g. ibuprofen)
- Icing the heel several times a day
- Bracing or splinting the foot
- Wearing custom orthotics (shoe inserts)
- Wearing protective and supportive shoes
- Resting and avoiding certain activities or high-impact exercises
If you’ve tried these treatment options for weeks and still don’t notice any change in your symptoms—or if symptoms get worse—then it’s time to visit your foot doctor again to determine the next step. If pain and swelling are severe we may recommend steroid injections, extracorporeal shockwave therapy (ESWT) or ultrasound therapy. In rare cases, surgery may be necessary to correct the imbalance, deformity, or problem that’s causing your chronic or severe heel pain.
Don’t let heel pain affect your day-to-day life when there are simple and easy solutions to manage your symptoms and promote faster healing. Turn to a podiatrist who will be able to handle your heel pain and get your foot health back on track.
Foot pain can range from your toes to your heel. When it comes to heel pain, also known as Plantar Fasciitis, affects 60% of individuals in their lifetime. When the thick tissue on the bottom of your foot called the Plantar Fascia becomes inflamed, it can become a daily annoyance. But you still need to stay fit. So what's the solution?
Yoga is a low-intensity, simple and impactful workout. Not only does it help you stay fit when your heel pain prevents you from following your regular execrise regimen, but stretching and low-impact exercise, both of which yoga covers, can help ease your pain. Tight calf muscles often make Plantar Fasciitis worse, and yoga can help stretch and loosen them.
Remember, any pose in yoga should only be performed to the extent that you feel comfortable - pain is not gain! Go at your own pace and react to your own flexibility, making adjustments as you go.
Mountain Pose: This is a great pose to start with, especially if you aren't very familiar with yoga, as it forms the basis for many other poses and helps get you acclimated.
- Stand with your feet together and your arms at your sides. Try to distribute your weight as evenly as possible across all parts of the foot, from the toes to the heel to the arch.
- Straighten your legs without locking your knees. Lift your arches.
- Engage the muscles in your thighs, turning them inward slightly. Try to lengthen through the base of your spine and tailbone without curving your back.
- Press your shoulder blades back and down to open the chest. Allow your arms to hang loose.
- Try to balance as evenly in the pose as possible, breathing deeply. Feeling the distribution of weight in your feet, do your best to keep your weight even at all four corners of the foot, to keep your head lifted with your chin parallel to the floor, and remain as even and symmetrical in weight and posture as possible.
Downward Dog Pose: The pose many people think of when they think of yoga. While this pose doesn't require a yoga mat, performing it on a non-slippery surface is helpful, because you will need to put weight into the feet, and they may slide back if you try it on a hard floor.
- While sitting on the floor, move onto all fours, placing your hands down firmly on the floor slightly ahead of your shoulders, palm and fingers spread. Keep your knees directly in line with your pelvis.
- Breathe out and lift your knees from the floor, tucking your toes under and standing on the balls of your feet falling back almost as if you will sit on your heels. Keep your hands firmly on the floor.
- Then push up with your legs, allowing your heels to fall back toward the floor, pushing your pelvis into the air, hands still on the ground, forming an inverted v-shape with your body.
- Keep your head between your arms rather than letting it hang loose toward the floor. Try to distribute your weight between feet and hands, to avoid putting too much weight on either the ankles or the wrists. Drop your shoulder blades
- Try to press your chest toward your legs as much as is comfortable. You can also try to press your heels into the floor, again, only as much as is comfortable. Try to rotate your arms so your elbows face toward your thumbs and rotate your thighs inward, as in mountain pose, to engage the quads.
- Your hands should be shoulder-width apart, your feet hip-width apart and hands and feet should be parallel to each other. Your toes should point straight ahead. Take deep, long breaths and stretch into the pose as much as you feel comfortable doing.
- Breathe into the pose. When you want to release the pose, perform a reverse of how you pressed yourself up - bend your knees in, then move back to hands and knees.
Chair Pose: Chair pose offers a great stretch. As a pose that involved standing on both feet, one of the great things about it is that you can do it anywhere - even at the office!
- Start in Mountain Pose.
- Raise your arms over your head. Do not bend your elbows.
- Bend your knees and gently push your pelvis down as if you are sitting into an invisible chair behind you. Try to make your thighs as parallel as possible to the floor without losing your balance.
- Keep your lower back lengthened, not allowing it to curve into the pose, maintaining a straight back. Try to also shift as much weight as possible into your heels. Look straight ahead.
- Sink as deep into the pose as you feel comfortable, then try to hold it, again breathing deeply through the nose.
- To release, exhale and straighten the knees, coming back to Mountain.
Yoga offers a heel-pain friendly way to get in a workout, and may even help ease your pain. For other foot and ankle pain remedies and treatments, contact your podiatrist today!
How your podiatrist in Perry Hall and Fallston can help
Heel pain is a common problem. It’s also very uncomfortable and it can be debilitating. Fortunately, there are some tips and tricks to deal with heel pain so you can get back to living your life. Dr. Edward Orman at Honeygo Podiatry in Perry Hall and Fallston, MD wants to share the facts about treating your heel pain.
Heel pain has a few different causes. It can be caused by bruising from stepping on sharp objects. It can also be caused by bone spurs or calcium deposits on your heel. The most common reason for heel pain is a condition known as plantar fasciitis in which the plantar fascia, the thick ligament running from the toes to your heel, becomes inflamed.
You can get plantar fasciitis from standing or walking on hard surfaces for long periods, or if you are a runner. You’re also prone to plantar fasciitis if you are overweight.
If you are experiencing heel pain, try this:
- Do arch stretches during the day
- Wear supportive shoes with heel inserts or padding
For severe heel pain that doesn’t respond to home therapy, Dr. Orman can help. He may suggest:
- Stretching and physical therapy to increase mobility
- Custom orthotics and night splints to protect your feet
- Prescription medications to reduce inflammation and pain
- Cortisone injections to reduce swelling and inflammation
If non-invasive treatments don’t work, surgical therapy might be indicated. Dr. Orman will discuss surgical options with you and create a custom treatment plan designed to get you back on your feet.
For more detailed information and frequently asked questions about heel pain and treatment please visit the Heel Pain page on Dr. Orman’s website at https://www.honeygopodiatry.com/heel-pain-faqs.html
You can get relief from heel pain, so act fast to prevent your heel pain from disrupting your life. Don’t suffer. Instead, pick up the phone and call Dr. Orman at Honeygo Podiatry in Perry Hall and Fallston, MD. Get started on the road to recovery by calling today!