Washington DC Podiatry
Heel pain can make everyday activities difficult and painful. The American Podiatric Medical Association offers these preventive tips:
- Make sure your shoes fit well. Choose soles that are sturdy, help absorb shock and offer heel support.
- Toss out shoes that are heavily worn in the heels or soles.
- Wear shoes that are designed for your activity.
- Before exercise, warm up and stretch. Pace yourself as you exercise
- Get plenty of rest and good nutrition and lose any extra weight.
When is Heel Pain Afoot?
Pain in the heel may range from a minor nuisance to disabling. The American Podiatric Medical Association mentions these possible causes:
- Formation of a spur, a non-cancerous bony growth, in this case on the bottom of the heel.
- Plantar fasciitis, in which the thick band of tissue at the bottom of the foot becomes inflamed.
- Pronation, in which the foot turns too much toward the inside. This can stretch ligaments attached to the heel.
- Achilles tendinitis, an inflammation of the tendon that supports the back of the ankle and heel.
- An injury such as a bruise, or a foot deformity.