Heel pain—it’s more common than you may think, and it should never be ignored. After all, untreated heel pain can get much worse, making it difficult to even stand and walk around. Fortunately, your podiatrist can help with the issue. Here at Norridge Foot Clinic in Norridge, IL, Dr. Laura J. Pickard offers a wide variety of footcare services, including effective treatments for heel pain. Read on to learn more!
Heel pain and how we can help
If you are wondering what is causing your heel pain, it could be a few things. You may have heel pain from a heel bruise, or you could have a heel spur, which is caused by excess calcium deposits on your heel.
Out of all the causes of heel pain, however, one of the most common is plantar fasciitis. This condition is caused when the plantar fascia (i.e. the thick band of tissue that runs across your heel) becomes inflamed, something often caused by overpronating (rolling your foot when you walk) or walking/standing on hard surfaces for long periods of time.
For minor heel pain, you can try some simple home remedies to alleviate the issue. For instance, applying ice to your heel can reduce swelling, and taking over-the-counter anti-inflammatory or pain medication can reduce pain. Moderate to severe cases of heel pain, however, should be treated by your podiatrist. At our Norridge office, Dr. Pickard offers several effective treatments to help with heel pain. She may recommend:
- Physical therapy and stretching exercises to maintain flexibility
- Custom-fit orthotics, night splints, or walking casts to support your feet
- Padding or taping your foot and heel for added support
- Cortisone injections to reduce swelling
- Extracorporeal shock wave therapy (ESWT)
Need relief? Give us a call
You don't have to suffer from heel pain—you can find relief by calling Dr. Laura J. Pickard of Norridge Foot Clinic in Norridge, IL. Contact the office today by dialing (773) 625-2211.