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By Thomas Neuman, D.P.M.
December 01, 2015
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Heel Pain  
Don’t let heel pain bench you. Get back to a pain-free life with these treatments.
 

You may not have heard about plantar fasciitis before but it could just be the condition that is causing your heel pain. If your Northridge, heel pain CA podiatrist Dr. Thomas Neuman has told you that you are suffering from plantar fasciitis-related heel pain find out how to best handle your condition.

First Course of Action

There are a variety of treatment options available to you and you’ll be happy to hear that they are more conservative and less invasive than other options. These are usually the first methods we use to reduce foot pain and inflammation and many patients find the relief they need through these measures alone:

  • Take time to rest. While this doesn’t mean you have to be on bed rest, try to limit any activities or exercises that could place too much pressure on your feet. Talk to your foot doctor in Northridge about other physical activities that you could do that won’t exacerbate your condition.
  • Take over-the-counter medications such as ibuprofen, which can reduce both discomfort and inflammation. If you prefer to avoid medications as much as possible, then you can also ice your foot several times a day for up to 20 minutes at a time. Icing your foot can also go a long way to reduce swelling.
  • Opt for shoes that only provide the best support and shock absorption. Talk to your Northridge, CA podiatrist about whether arch support or custom-made orthotics could help.
  • Put on supportive shoes once you get up in the morning. Wearing only socks or going barefoot can make heel pain worse.
  • Perform certain exercises multiple times a day that stretch the calf and toes. We would be happy to tell you which exercises will help to strengthen your muscles and possibly prevent problems in the future.
  • We may also recommend wearing a night splint while asleep or wearing a cast during the day, which can help the foot heal while also making it possible for you to continue with your daily activities.

Other Options for Treating Plantar Fasciitis

Sometimes physical therapy will also be recommended, particularly to stretch out and strengthen the plantar fascia and Achilles tendon, two main sources of heel pain.

If conservative treatment options don’t treat symptoms after several weeks then corticosteroid injections may be the next step to alleviate your pain temporarily until the inflamed ligaments heal. For those dealing with heel pain for up to a year without experiencing relief, the next step may be surgery. Surgery is only advised for those with severe and stubborn cases of plantar fasciitis.

Don’t let heel pain get the better of you. Turn to your Northridge, CA foot doctor Dr. Neuman for the care your feet deserve.

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