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Heel injuries often get better with a little rest and home care. When your heel pain doesn't improve or worsens, your Mountain Home, and Harrison, AR, podiatrist, Dr. Eric Arp of Arp Foot and Ankle, offers treatments that can get you back on your feet again.
How to Treat Your Heel Injury
Resting is one of those things that's harder than it sounds. Even though you know you should stay off your feet, you have so much to do. Unfortunately, if you don't take it easy for a few days, your injury may worsen. Until your heel starts to feel better, avoid exercising, take advantage of grocery store delivery services, and embrace being a temporary couch potato.
While you rest, keep your heel elevated on a pillow. Raising your heel can help decrease swelling and inflammation, as can applying ice packs. Be sure to follow the 20-20 rule when applying ice. Keep the ice pack on for no more than 20 minutes, then remove it for at least 20 minutes. After two or three days, your injury may feel better if you apply heat to your heel. Remember that ice can't be applied directly to the skin.
Over-the-counter pain medications, like ibuprofen and naproxen sodium, will help reduce pain and inflammation. Acetaminophen eases pain but won't help inflammation.
Cushioning your heel may make may standing or walking more comfortable. The foot care aisle of your local pharmacy or grocery store in the Harrison, or Mountain Home, areas may offer heel cups. The soft inserts are placed in the heel area of your shoes to reduce pressure on the heel.
When to Call the Podiatrist
Get in touch with your foot doctor if:
- You are in severe pain.
- Your pain is getting worse.
- You can't put any weight on your heel.
- Walking is difficult.
- Your heel looks misshapen.
- If it's been a week or two since your injury, and your heel isn't getting better.
Depending on the cause of your pain, your podiatrist can offer a variety of helpful treatments and devices, such as boots, walking casts, crutches, pain medication, corticosteroid injections, night splints, physical therapy, shockwave, ultrasound, or electrical nerve stimulation treatments.
Are you suffering from heel pain or another foot and ankle issue? Dr. Arp, your podiatrist in Mountain Home, and Harrison, AR, can help ease your pain. Schedule an appointment with the Harrison office by calling (870) 365-3668, or call (870) 425-7363 for the Mountain Home office.
Heel pain can make simple daily activities like walking both difficult and painful. Fortunately, various treatment options are available to provide relief from this common issue. Dr. Eric Arp, your experienced podiatrist here at Arp Foot and Ankle Clinic in Harrison and Mountain Home, AR, can develop an individualized plan to treat your heel pain.
Common Causes of Heel Pain
Heel pain can be caused by several factors. For instance, frequently performing repetitive motions can lead to pain and discomfort in the heels. Other causes of heel pain include arthritis, tendonitis, stress fractures, heel spurs, and foot injuries. Of the many possible causes of heel pain, plantar fasciitis is one of the most common. It is associated with pain on the bottom of the heel that grows more intense throughout the day and often becomes progressively worse over time.
Plantar fasciitis is a condition in which the band of plantar fascia tissues that run along the bottom of the foot becomes inflamed and irritated. People with flat feet or extremely high arches are especially prone to developing plantar fasciitis. Other causes of this condition include wearing shoes that are not supportive for long periods of time. Obesity can also be a factor in the development of heel pain due to plantar fasciitis.
Treatments for Heel Pain
There are many treatment options that can help you find relief from heel pain. Minor heel pain that is not due to a chronic condition can be treated by resting the foot, limiting physical activities, and applying ice to the affected area. Over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medications can also alleviate pain. Wearing supportive shoes that are well cushioned can provide relief from heel pain once it develops or even help prevent it from occurring in the first place.
Heel pain that is more severe or chronic should be treated by a doctor. Dr. Arp, the skilled podiatrist at our clinics in Harrison and Mountain Home, AR, can recommend specific treatment methods for alleviating your heel pain. Treatment options include:
- Custom Orthotics
- Padding and Strapping
- Physical Therapy
- Walking Cast
- Night Splint
In some cases, surgery might be needed to provide lasting relief from heel pain. Surgery can correct structural problems in the foot that are causing pain and discomfort. Surgery is also beneficial for removing painful heel spurs or calluses that have developed on the bottom of the heel.
It is possible to find relief from your heel pain. Dr. Arp can create a treatment plan tailored to your specific needs. To schedule an appointment with the podiatrist, call Arp Foot and Ankle Clinic in Harrison, AR, at (870) 365-3668. We also have a clinic in Mountain Home that can be reached by calling (870) 425-7363.
How your podiatrist in Harrison and Mountain Home, AK, can help your feet
Heel pain doesn’t have to keep you on the couch! Here at Arp Foot & Ankle Clinic, Dr. Eric Arp offers a wide range of foot care services, including effective treatments for heel pain. With two convenient office locations in Harrison and Mountain Home, AK, he's here to help you and your feet feel better!
More about Heel Pain
Heel pain can be caused by:
- A heel bruise, which can result from stepping on sharp objects
- A heel spur, which can result from excess calcium deposits on your heel
- Plantar fasciitis, which can result from inflammation of the plantar fascia, the thick band of tissue running across your heel
You can try a few simple home remedies to get relief from mild heel pain. Consider:
- Applying ice on your heel to reduce swelling
- Taking over-the-counter pain medication to relieve symptoms
- Stretching your arches for a few minutes daily
- Avoiding high impact activities like running or jogging
- Changing to more supportive, cushioned shoes
Plantar fasciitis can produce moderate to severe heel pain. It’s a common condition for runners, but you don’t have to be a runner to suffer from plantar fasciitis. Overpronating, or rolling your feet when you walk, and standing or walking on hard surfaces for long periods of time can cause plantar fasciitis. You are also at higher risk of plantar fasciitis if you carry extra weight, or have flat feet.
If you have plantar fasciitis, you should seek out the services of your podiatrist. Dr. Arp may recommend:
- Custom-fit orthotics or footwear to help support your heels
- Physical therapy to increase mobility and flexibility
- Prescription-strength medications to decrease inflammation and pain
- Extracorporeal Shock Wave Treatment (ESWT)
Need Relief? Contact Us
Don’t suffer from heel pain when help is just a phone call away! For more information about heel pain treatment, call Dr. Eric A. Arp at Arp Foot & Ankle Clinic, with offices in Harrison and Mountain Home, AK. For the Harrison location, dial (870) 365-3668 (FOOT), and for Mountain Home, dial (870) 425-7363.
Understanding Heel Pain with Help from Your Podiatrist
- Wear shoes that fit well
- Wear proper shoes for each activity
- Do not wear shoes with excessive wear on heels or soles
- Prepare properly before exercising by stretching and warming up
- Pace yourself when you participate in athletic activities
- Don’t underestimate your body’s need for rest and good nutrition
- Lose excess weight
Heel pain is one of the leading problems that sends patients to visit their podiatrist, and it’s no wonder. The relentless ache in the bottom of your foot or the sharp pain as you step out of bed in the morning is often enough to persuade even the most stubborn patient to make an appointment with his or her podiatrist.
Because there are many potential causes of heel pain, such as a stress fracture, tendonitis, nerve damage or arthritis, it’s important to have your foot examined by a podiatrist with expert training in heel pain. Our practice will examine your foot, determine the underlying source of your heel pain, assess your symptoms, make a proper diagnosis and recommend a treatment plan based on your individual case. Early diagnosis and treatment can help prevent more serious problems.
Plantar fasciitis is the most common cause of heel pain, occurring when the thick band of tissue (plantar fascia) that connects the heel to the toes becomes irritated and inflamed. When the plantar fascia is strained over time beyond its normal extension, tissues of the fascia may tear or stretch, which leads to pain.
Faulty foot structures, such as flat feet or high arches, are common causes of plantar fasciitis. Non-supportive shoes and increased weight or strain may aggravate the condition as well.
Common symptoms of plantar fasciitis include:
- Bottom of the heel pain
- Pain that intensifies after sitting for extended periods of time and subsides after a few minutes of walking
- Pain that worsens over a period of months
Most types of heel pain, once properly diagnosed, can be successfully treated with conservative measures, such as use of anti-inflammatory medications and ice, rest, stretching exercises, orthotic devices, footwear modifications and physical therapy. The longer heel pain is allowed to progress, the longer treatment can take. When plantar fasciitis doesn’t respond to conservative care, your podiatrist may recommend surgery as a last resort. Always seek care from our office for heel pain in its earliest stages for proper treatment.