Heel pain can get the best of anyone, no matter their age or activity level. Dealing with heel pain can be an irritating and frustrating task. However, with help from your Columbus, OH podiatrist, you can get back on your feet in no time. Learn about heel pain and how you can overcome your heel pain for good with Dr. Steventon Scott Wagner and Dr. Lynette Mehl at University Foot Center.
What causes heel pain?
Heel pain is an extremely common foot-related complaint and comes from many different sources. Some of the more common causes of heel pain include:
- plantar fasciitis
- stress fracture
- trauma to the bone or tissues
- nerve damage
- bone spur
How can I manage my heel pain?
Many cases of heel pain require simple rest and proper care for enough time to let the body heal itself. Ice the foot several times daily for 15-30 minutes. Stay off of the foot as much as possible, especially if it is painful to walk. Use a bandage or wrap to compress the area and reduce swelling. Over-the-counter medications can also help relieve pain and swelling. Ibuprofen and acetaminophen are popular choices for this task. If you often wear high-heeled or narrow shoes, you may want to switch to more comfortable shoes with enough room for your feet and toes to lay flat.
Heel Pain Treatment in Columbus, OH
If you suffer from heel pain, you should see your podiatrist for an examination. If the more conservative treatments do not provide positive results, your doctor may recommend more serious treatments. Prescription medications could help relieve pain or swelling. Physical therapy and custom orthotics worn inside the shoes can help strengthen and realign the foot and its bones and tissues. Your doctor can help you determine which treatments are best for you.
For more information on heel pain, please contact Dr. Wagner and Dr. Mehl at University Foot Center in Columbus, OH. Call (614) 488-9478 to schedule your appointment with your podiatrist today!