Prevention Is Intervention
When you suffer from heel pain, you are suffering from a constant ache. You use your feet all the time to stay mobile and, in doing so, cause your heels to hurt more. Since you are so busy, it is hard to find time to really sit down and think of some ways to help reduce your pain. Don’t worry though, we have compiled a list of tips for you so you can use them as you get on with your busy lifestyle.
- Wear your shoes around the house when you are home at night. Walking barefoot or with slippers can cause more pain because there is no cushion or support to help the heel recover.
- Stretch out your calves. Go slowly so you do not overextend your muscles and end up in the podiatrist’s office with a sprain.
- Begin all new exercise regimens slowly. This allows the body to get used to the new exercises and prevent overuse or strain.
- Buy a pair of new shoes that have good quality support and cushioning to help your heel.
- Try to lose some weight. If you are carrying around excess weight, you are putting more pressure on your heels. Excess pressure and shock can cause or worsen plantar fasciitis so much that it can render someone immobile if not treated seriously.
- Avoid uneven walking surfaces. These can cause more strain or force your foot to roll.
- Consult your podiatrist before starting a new exercise regimen. Exercise is a good way to stay healthy, but if you suffer from chronic heel pain, certain exercises may not be right for you.
- Get some orthotics. Your podiatrist can make custom fitting orthotics that insert directly into your shoe. These help to support the heel and often prevent pain.
- If you feel pain that wasn’t there before, call your podiatrist. If you do not already have a podiatrist, consider choosing our office. We have had many years of experience in treating painful heels.
Heel pain can cause you a lot of grief, but it can be managed with the correct regimen. Call Dr. Andrew H. Cohen of Mid-Michigan Foot & Ankle Center, located in Saginaw and Bay City, Michigan. You can reach our office line at 989-790-8009 or make an appointment online today. You do not have to live with plantar fascia pain – let us help.