Educated patients make the best possible decisions when it comes to their foot care. This is a major reason for doing things like maintaining our blog, but it also helps explain why we give away free books.
Wait, you didn’t realize we give away free books?
Well, it’s true. We are pleased to offer you an absolutely free copy of Stop Heel Pain Now: A Guide to Understanding Its Causes and Treatments. If you take just a moment to fill out the short form found here on our website, we’ll send yours right to your home.
(Yes, this is an actual, physical book you can hold in your hands – not an e-book or whitepaper you need to read on a computer!)
So why did we choose heel pain as the topic?
Simply put, heel pain is a very common problem. It’s one that you or one of your loved ones might be suffering from right now. But that doesn’t have to be the case!
Our team at Foot Specialists of Long Island takes pride in providing exceptional heel pain treatment. As you will read in your new copy of our book, there are many different causes of this pain, and we treat them all.
Now, the most common condition causing heel pain for adults is plantar fasciitis. This particular condition results from excessive strain on a connective tissue running along the bottom of your foot – the plantar fascia.
The excessive strain is typically from overuse, and it causes tiny tears in the fascia. As the tissue tries to mend itself, the area can become inflamed and the source of sharp pain. Usually, the pain is most severe in the morning, especially with the first steps of the day.
When we treat cases of plantar fasciitis, there are several components that may be included. Your treatment will be customized for you, but any of the following might be recommended or prescribed:
- Rest. Taking time away from high-impact activities or, even better, replacing them with low-impact ones (cycling, swimming) will better allow your body to repair the damaged tissue.
- Ice. An appropriate icing regimen will both relieve inflammation in the fascia and reduce pain.
- Stretches. Keeping the soft tissues in your lower limbs can help relieve painful symptoms, and also prevent the condition from becoming a recurrent issue.
- Medication. We may recommend or prescribe certain pain relievers (including ibuprofen and naproxen), or use corticosteroid injections to provide relief.
- Orthotic devices. Whether we prescribe custom orthotics or recommend certain heel cups or cushioning inserts, these devices can more equitably distribute pressure and take it away from your fascia.
If you are experiencing heel pain, come see us here at Foot Specialists of Long Island so we can diagnose the source and then create a specialized treatment plan for you. Call our Nassau County podiatrist office at (516) 804-9038 for more information or to schedule an appointment.
Don’t forget – request your FREE copy of Stop Heel Pain Now: A Guide to Understanding its Causes and Treatments online today!