Heel pain is one of the most common foot conditions people experience. It is often caused by wearing poorly fitting shoes, standing for long periods, being overweight, and overuse activities such as playing sports or running. Dr. Steventon Wagner and Dr. Lynette Mehl at University Foot Center in Columbus, OH, offer treatments for heel pain. Read on to learn about the top five treatment options for heel pain.
#1- Orthotic Devices
Your podiatrist may recommend prescription orthotics to treat your heel pain. Orthotics are specially-made devices designed to comfort and support your feet. Research has shown that custom orthotics improve function and reduce foot pain.
#2- Cortisone Injections
You can get cortisone injections at your Columbus doctor's office. The injections usually comprise a local anesthetic and corticosteroid medication. Cortisone injections allow podiatrists to deliver a high dose of medication directly to the problem area. Cortisone injections offer quick relief for heel pain and inflammation.
#3- Stretching Exercises
Foot doctors prescribe stretching exercises for various foot conditions. Stretching exercises are an effective way to prevent and manage heel pain. Research shows that stretching exercises ease pain, improve function, and reduce inflammation. Stretching exercises are easy to do and should be done when you wake in the morning.
#4 - Night Splints
To treat your heel pain, your podiatrist may recommend a night splint. Night splints hold the feet in a neutral position during sleep, thereby helping to reduce morning pain. Night splints gently stretch the Achilles tendon and plantar fascia ligament and keep them from getting tight during the night.
#5 - Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy: ESWT
For persistent heel pain, Shock Wave Therapy may be needed. This treatment targets sound waves at the affected heel, and triggers the body's own repair mechanism, increasing blood flow to the affected area and accelerate healing.
If heel pain is hurting your daily routine, call University Foot Center at 614-488-9478 today to schedule a consultation in Columbus, OH. Our heel pain treatments will alleviate your pain and help you get back to a happy and healthy life!