HEEL PAIN TREATMENT STRETCHING EXERCISES
By Dr. Christopher Milkie of Milwaukee Foot Specialists of Milwaukee, WI
Heel pain can be insufferable. Just think how hard life could be if every single step you take hurts! For some people, this is exactly the case. Heel pain can put a stop to our ability to exercise, wear the shoes we want, go to work, and even get out of bed in the morning. There is no need to fear, there are many steps that you can take to lead to relief from this aggravation.
Usually, heel pain is related to a problem called Plantar Fasciitis. Plantar Fasciitis describes an inflammation of the thick fibrous band that connects your heel bone (the calcaneus) to each of your toes on the bottom, or “plantar”, surface of your foot. This can be the result of many other problems such as heel spurs, or tight calf muscles causing a tight Achilles tendon.
Enough about what it is, how can we fix it? Luckily, almost every case of Plantar Fasciitis can be helped conservatively (or non-surgically). Traditionally, the first step towards relief lies in the use of a stretching regimen, along side non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications like aspirin and ibuprofen. However, if these steps don’t work, your Milwaukee, WI podiatrist may suggest specific physical therapy treatment, the use of a night splint to help you stretch while you sleep, an orthotic shoe insole, or even a small injection. Then, and only if these methods fail – your doctor may suggest surgical intervention to help relieve the stress on your plantar fascia.
If you find yourself walking on heels that hurt, if you wake up each morning fearing your first steps, or if each workout leaves you aching, set up an appointment to see your local Milwaukee, WI podiatrist today. Heel pain can be helped in a variety of ways that almost always lead to a happier foot.
At Milwaukee Foot and Ankle Specialists, we have the most cutting edge and innovative technology available. By having digital scanning technology for orthotics, digital X-rays, digital diagnostic ultrasound, laser for removal of toenail fungus & more all in office and available in a moments notice allows you to save time and money.
We look forward to helping you!