By Family Foot Health Center
September 10, 2018
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Heel Resistance   Shoe Care  

How your podiatrist in Howell, NJ, can help with heel pain

If you’ve been sidelined to the couch because of persistent, nagging heel pain, there is help. It’s time to talk with your podiatrist. Dr.Heel Resistance Richard Lesser at Family Foot Health Center in Howell, NJ, wants to share the facts about heel pain and how you can get relief to get back on your feet!

Heel pain can be caused by stepping on sharp objects, causing a bruise on your heel, or from excess calcium deposits causing bone spurs on your heel. One of the most common causes of excruciating heel pain is plantar fasciitis, which can cause pain so severe it affects your ability to walk or stand.

Plantar fasciitis occurs when the thick band of tissue, known as the plantar fascia which runs across your heel, becomes inflamed. The condition is common to runners, but it can also affect you if you are overweight, overpronate when you walk, or walk and stand on hard surfaces for long periods of time.

Prevention can do a lot to prevent heel pain, so make sure your floors are free of sharp objects which can injure your feet. Also always make sure to wear supportive, protective footwear. If you play sports or activities, make sure you always wear the appropriate footwear for the sport you are doing.

For relief from mild heel pain, you can try these easy, non-invasive remedies at home:

  • Doing arch stretches
  • Using inserts or cushions in your shoes
  • Resting and taking the weight off of your feet

Severe heel pain should be treated by your podiatrist. Dr. Lesser may recommend several effective treatments to get you back on your feet, including:

  • Custom-fit orthotics or footwear
  • Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy (ESWT)
  • Physical therapy and stretching exercises
  • Prescription strength anti-inflammatories

For severe cases that don’t respond to conventional therapies, surgery may be indicated. Dr. Lesser will discuss whether surgery is an option for you to consider.

You can end resistant heel pain by seeking help from an expert. Call Dr. Richard Lesser at Family Foot Health Center in Howell, NJ. Get relief by calling today!

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