Looking for a foot doctor? When you are experiencing any type of discomfort or pain related to your lower legs, ankles and/or feet, then making an appointment with a podiatrist as soon as possible is your next step. Podiatrists are not only trained in treating specific areas of the body, but they also understand everything there is to know about biomechanics, which allows for proper foot balance.
Finding out what a foot doctor can do for you is a great idea, especially if you have been suffering from ongoing heel-related pain. While it is ideal for you to see a podiatrist as soon as you start experiencing heel problems, as this often makes them easier to treat, you can still make an appointment even if you have been suffering for many weeks or even months. Common causes of heel pain include sprains, strains, Achilles tendinitis, bursitis and plantar fasciitis.
According to Medical News Today, heel pain is not usually caused by a single injury, such as a twist or fall, but from repetitive stress and pounding of the heel. The following list includes common treatment options available for providing relief to the heels, which all can come from a podiatrist.
Wearing supportive shoes is essential, as every foot needs to be supported. When shoes are worn that do not support the foot properly, this not only can lead to painful heels, but it can also make the situation worse. Supportive slippers are also an option for at home, especially for those who do not have carpeting and instead walk on hard floors all day long.
Orthotics are shoe inserts that help support the arch. Custom-made orthotics are ideal, as they support the foot exactly where support is needed, can be used to correct any foot abnormalities that may be present and are beneficial when it comes to improving overall foot functioning. Two great benefits that come with using orthotics is that they provide necessary arch support and can provide extra cushioning on or around the heel area.
Those who are experiencing minimal to moderate heel pain can freeze a water bottle and then use it to massage the arches by slowly rolling the foot back and forth over the bottle. The coldness helps decrease any inflammation, which in turn, helps minimize any heel pain someone is currently experiencing. This back-and-forth motion also helps stretch out the plantar fascia, the most common reason for someone experiencing heel pain.
Ready to make an appointment with our foot doctor? If you are suffering from heel pain, it can make it difficult to perform everyday activities. Since there are treatment options to help you find relief, we invite you to call us now to schedule an appointment. Just let us know what a convenient time for you to come in, and we will get you scheduled in at that time.
Request an appointment here: https://footdoctorinsanjose.com or call Leonard Greenwald, D.P.M. at (408) 827-9483 for an appointment in our San Jose office.
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