Treatment options for heel pain
Heel pain can be inconvenient and debilitating. It can keep you from your daily activities and can dramatically affect your life, but you don’t have to be sidelined by heel pain. There are things you can do to feel better. Dr. Nancy Jagodzinski at Ankle & Foot Center of Fox Valley in Naperville, Illinois wants you to know what to do for your heel pain.
You don’t have to play sports to have heel pain. The stabbing pain in your heel can be caused from:
- Heel spurs-hard calcium deposits on your heel
- Stone bruises-from stepping on sharp stones and bruising your heel
- Inflammation-where your Achilles tendon attaches to your heel
Dr. Jagodzinski wants you to know the most common cause of heel pain is plantar fasciitis, which is inflammation of the thick band of tissue (plantar fascia) running across your heel.
She recommends these remedies you can try at home to ease your heel pain:
- Putting ice on your heel 3 times a day for 15 minutes
- Taking over-the-counter pain medications like Tylenol or ibuprofen
- Doing gentle arch and Achilles tendon stretches several times a day
- Getting more supportive shoes and using heel inserts
If you still have stubborn heel pain that doesn’t respond to care at home, it’s time to call your podiatrist, Dr. Jagodzinski. She can recommend several effective professional treatments including:
- Professional strength pain relieving medications
- Stretching exercises and physical therapy
- Custom made orthotics
- Cortisone Injections
For severe heel pain, Dr. Jagodzinski may recommend surgery. Common surgical treatments include plantar fasciotomy surgery, which involves cutting and releasing a portion of plantar fascia tissue
You don’t have to deal with heel pain alone. Help is just a phone call away from your podiatrist Dr. Nancy Jagodzinski at Ankle & Foot Center of Fox Valley in Naperville, Illinois. Call today and get back to enjoying your life!