Posts for category: Heel Pain

By Center for Podiatric Medicine
December 01, 2016
Category: Heel Pain
Tags: Heel Pain  

Discover the best ways to tackle your heel pain and make moving around a whole lot easier.

Heel pain is certainly something you will notice when it happens to you. It may be painful getting out of the bed in the morning. You may heel painfind that running errands is a challenge let alone going on your daily jog. If heel pain has been affecting your day-to-day activities, it’s time you did something about it. Our Schaumburg, Elmhurst, Highland, East Chicago, St. John and River North, IL, podiatrists offer up some helpful hints for how to target and eliminate your heel pain.

What are some causes of heel pain?

Common causes include:

  • Heel spurs
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Achilles tendinitis
  • Excessive pronation

When should I visit a Schaumburg, Elmhurst, Highland, East Chicago, St. John and River North foot doctor?

While many people who start to notice heel pain often try and tackle the problem with home treatments like resting or icing, if you find that the issue doesn’t subside after two to three weeks then it’s time to make an appointment with us. Of course, those with diabetes, nerve damage or weakened immune systems should come in right away whenever there is an issue.

How can I treat my heel pain?

As we previously mentioned, many people can find relief through easy at-home measures such as:

  • Taking over-the-counter pain relievers
  • Wearing shoes that provide enough support and are properly fitted to your feet
  • Wearing orthotics or shoe inserts that take pressure off the heel and arch
  • Icing the heel for up to 15 minutes, at a time 2 to 3 times a day
  • Resting and avoiding certain high-impact activities that could make your condition worse
  • Performing daily foot stretching exercises to retrain and strengthen the muscles in the feet while also improving flexibility and range of motion.

If these options don’t work, then we may also recommend physical therapy, shockwave therapy, steroid injections or other more aggressive treatment options. Of course, surgery is always the last resort when it comes to treating chronic forms of foot pain.

Don’t let heel pain dictate what you can and can’t do. Turn to Center for Podiatric Medicine in Schaumburg, Elmhurst, Highland, East Chicago, St. John and River North, IL, for the care your feet deserve so that you can get back to what truly matters: your life!

By Center for Podiatric Medicine
April 21, 2014
Category: Heel Pain
Tags: Podiatrist  
Your feet support your weight, and the padding on the foot’s bottom absorbs the extra shock. How much extra shock can there be? According to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, every mile equals 60 tons of stress on each foot. Imagine how that feels if you have already encountered heel pain. To help counter that pain, check out these three tips.
#1: Choose Stable Shoes
For men and women, fashionable shoes tend to win over comfortable ones. Jamming feet into uncomfortable shoes can cause a number of foot issues: corns, calluses, bunions and heel pain. If you wear shoes without any cushion or stability, imagine adding 60 tons of stress to already sore heels. Your feet are probably aching just from the thought of it. And irritating a foot problem, such as heel pain, can intensify the pain, possibly causing inflammation. Here is what you need to think about the next time you are looking for shoes:
  • Arch support
  • Stable bottoms
  • Width of shoe
If need be, you may want to consult with a podiatrist about getting custom orthotics placed in your shoes.
#2: Kick Back and Put Your Feet Up
Physical activity promotes better health. You hear it time and time again. While it’s important to be physically fit, it’s also important to remember when too much exercise is too much for your feet. Walking is one of the best exercises for your feet, but other fast paced activities require much more excursion, increasing your chances of foot strain.
#3: Choose Shockwave Therapy in Chicago to Stimulate Healing 
While extra precaution with well-fitted, comfortable shoes can alleviate some discomfort, you may not find the relief you want. To combat further damage that can lead to plantar fasciitis, you have the option of talking to a foot care professional, such as the Chicago, IL podiatrists at the Center for Podiatric Medicine. They offer shockwave treatment for a number of foot complications:
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Heel pain
  • Shin splints
  • Delayed fractures
Shockwave therapy requires no incision, and it takes roughly 10 minutes for each application. The shockwave pressure stimulates the tissue, increasing blood circulation and the healing process.
It’s time to hop, skip and jump back to better foot health. Are you ready? Do you want more information about extracorporeal shockwave therapy in Chicago? Call our Chicago office at (312) 923-1100.

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