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Treating Heel Pain in Meriden, CT

Heel pain is one of the top reasons people come into our office for treatment. Central Connecticut Footcare Center sees this problem all the time. While it might not seem like a big deal, early intervention and treatment are crucial to preventing that pesky little pain from turning into a long-term problem. Here’s what you should know about dealing with heel pain,

Causes of Heel Pain

Heel pain is most often caused by a condition known as plantar fasciitis, in which the band of tissue known as the plantar fascia becomes inflamed. The plantar fascia runs the length of the feet from the heel along the soles of the feet to the toes, providing support for the arches. If you experience stabbing pain under the heel first thing in the morning and pain that radiates to the arches of the feet, then you are most likely dealing with plantar fasciitis.

Risk Factors for Heel Pain

If you spend a lot of time on your feet, you may be at an increased risk of developing heel pain. Runners, athletes and those who are overweight are also prone to heel pain. The good news is that it is easily treatable with conservative home care such as rest, ice, anti-inflammatory medication and stretching.

When to See a Podiatrist

The key to treating your heel pain is to start treating the problem right away when pain first sets in. It’s also important to recognize when heel pain may require professional care. If home care isn’t providing you with the pain relief you need, or if the heel pain lasts more than a week; then it’s time to turn to us at Central Connecticut Footcare Center our podiatry team is here to help you get your heel pain under control, no matter the cause.

Heel Pain Symptoms

You may feel a stabbing or aching pain in your heel, which may radiate to the side of your foot. The pain may increase when you rise from a seated position, or when you first get up in the morning.

How You Can Prevent Heel Pain

You can help prevent heel pain if you:

  • Always wear supportive, comfortable footwear appropriate for the sport or activity you are doing
  • Do gentle arch and foot stretches daily, especially before the activity
  • Maintain a healthy weight to avoid putting extra stress on your feet
  • Examine your feet regularly and treat any injuries
  • Take over-the-counter pain and anti-inflammatory medication
  • Visit our Meriden, CT podiatrist regularly if you have diabetes, arthritis, or experience significant foot and heel stress

When To See Your Podiatrist for Heel Pain

You should visit your podiatrist for professional treatment of heel pain if your heel pain is getting worse and hasn’t responded to home therapies. When heel pain impacts your daily life, it’s time to see a specialist for relief.

How Your Podiatrist Can Help With Heel Pain

Your podiatrist is an expert at diagnosing what is causing your heel pain and treating your heel pain. Common professional treatments for heel pain include:

  • Being fitted with a custom orthotic or custom footwear to support your heels
  • Physical therapy and arch stretches to enhance flexibility
  • Prescription-strength anti-inflammatory medication to limit swelling
  • Corticosteroid injections around your heel to reduce inflammation and pain

In severe cases involving Achilles tendon rupture, stress fractures, and other severe injuries, surgery may be indicated. Your podiatrist can discuss this option with you.

If your heel pain is affecting your daily life and holding you back or isn’t getting better, it’s time to call Central Connecticut Footcare Center at (203) 238-3668 to schedule a consultation or request an appointment online.

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