First Question: What Have You Tried For Your Heel Pain So Far?
In general, persistent heel pain—the kind that lingers for weeks and is strong enough to get in the way of comfortable, happy living—is not something that tends to go away on its own. You are probably going to have to do something in order to get your feet feeling better, even if that “something” is just getting off your feet for a while.
And unfortunately, the longer you wait to address the problem, the worse your pain will get—and in the end, there may be some significant and lasting consequences.
So the first question is, “What have you already tried?” If the answer is “nothing,” read through the next section and see if there’s something that could help.
If you’re starting to run out of ideas, it may be time to seek out help from the team at Sunshein Podiatry Associates. We’ll cover that in more detail a little later in this blog.
Third Question: What Can Sunshein Podiatry Associates Do For You?
Unfortunately, some cases of heel pain can’t totally be handled on your own. Give us a call if either of the following are true:
- You’ve tried the basic home care suggestions and your heel pain doesn’t seem to get better after a week or two, or even gets worse.
- Your pain is strong enough that it’s interfering with daily activities or keeping you from enjoying the things you love.
The good news is that, almost certainly, there’s a lot we can do for you. Even if you’ve been suffering for months or even years, there is an excellent chance that we can eliminate your foot pain through conservative treatments.
One of the absolute best long-term solutions is custom orthotics.
Why? Here’s the short answer: a significant percentage of heel pain causes and conditions can be traced at least partially to faulty biomechanics or foot structure. In other words, the way your feet are shaped or the way they move predispose your heels to taking more abuse than normal, just by standing and walking regularly.
When we fit you for a pair of custom orthotics, we take precise measurements of your feet via a mold. That, combined with our diagnosis of the true causes of your pain, are used to fashion a personalized set of foot supports that cushion, support, and stabilize your feet in precisely the ways that are needed. Those orthotics then take the place of the regular insoles in your shoes.
(That said, not everyone truly needs custom orthotics. If we feel the causes of your heel pain are less severe, we may recommend a pair of prefabricated arch supports instead.)
A few months ago we wrote a very detailed blog about how orthotics are especially well suited to dealing with heel pain, so definitely check that out if you’d like to learn more.
While orthotics (both prefabricated and custom) are among the most common successful treatment options for foot pain, it’s important to understand each case is different. Your situation may call for other treatments instead or in addition to them, including:
- Physical therapy
- Laser therapy
- Injection therapy
- Surgery (only in rare circumstances)
The bottom line is, whatever is causing your heel pain, we’ll figure it out and then find a way to make it finally go away. You don’t have to live in pain anymore!
To schedule an appointment with our Dayton-area office, please give us a call today at (937) 435-7477. You can also fill out our online contact form, and we’ll get in touch with you shortly thereafter.