By By John Erotas
July 09, 2014
Category: heel pain
Heel pain stings. Walking on your feet, you notice every time your heel touches the ground, there is a sharp pain and so you ice it, rest, and even walk on your toes but this does not seem to help. As a Scottsdale Podiatrist, I see heel pain in many of my patients and much of the time, it is diagnosed as Planter Fasciitis, which is when the ligaments under the arch of your feet become strained and therefore, weaken and are painful.
Planter Fasciitis may cause a small and painful bump on the bottom of your feet that every time you touch it or walk on it causes severe sharp pain. Plantar Fasciitis is common among middle aged people and also occurs in younger people whom are on their feet a lot like athletes or soldiers. It can happen to both feet, or it can happen to one foot.
What I do, as a Scottsdale foot doctor, is I want to take off as much pressure on the ligaments under your arch as possible. This will give the ligament time to rest and heal itself without the constant pressures of walking. One way to increase the comfortability of your feet is that I'll provide custom made foot orthotics.
Also, at our Scottsdale Podiatry office, we will make sure that your heel pain is only a ligament strain. By this, we mean that we provide you an x-ray to make sure the pain is not a result of a stress fracture. This will make sure that your are getting the right treatment for your foot so as foot doctors, we are correcting the right problem.
There are some immediate stretching exercises that you can do to decrease heel pain, which are, toe stretches, calf stretches, and towel stretches. Do not overstretch if you feel much pain or this can lead to further injury. Also, you can take ibuprofen such as Advil to help relieve the pain.
At American Foot and Ankle Specialists, our podiatrists, Dr. John Erotas and Dr. Michael Stegman, are specially trained to diagnose heel pain and help you recover in this injury. Call 480-483-9000 and schedule an appointment today! Our offices are located in Scottsdale and Sun City, Arizona.
By John Erotas