The American Podiatric Medical Association has reported that over 77% of American adults suffer from heel pain, yet many people never address the initial warning signs. Less than half of that percentage of people will act on these signs and visit our Richardson, Garland, and Dallas podiatrist, let alone any other foot specialist. Foot pain, whether chronic or sporadic, is never a common thing, and should you experience such pain, there are many methods you can use on your own to help fast track your feet back onto the path of comfort.
The most common type of heel pain is plantar fasciitis, which includes symptoms such as pain and inflammation at the bottom of the heel. Fear not, as there are steps you can take at home to help relieve this pain. The following list is not exhaustive, however, treatments include:
Another common type of heel pain is retrocalcaneal bursitis, which, unlike plantar fasciitis, is identified by pain located at the back of the heel rather than underneath. This type of pain originates from wearing shoes that cut into the back of the heel or simply by overdoing running regimes, which cause the skin to become inflamed, reddened and thickened. Treatments for this type of pain are similar to those for plantar fasciitis and include:
You should forgo home treatments and visit your Richardson, Garland, and Dallas podiatrist when the following symptoms are present:
Although your feet are literally the farthest part of your body from your mind, it is important to be mindful about the health of your feet, as they are just as important as any other part of your body. If you are past the stage of prevention and are experiencing severe, consistent pain, then contact your Richardson, Garland, or Dallas podiatrist immediately for further treatment.