Are You Suffering From Heel Pain?

Heel pain often develops gradually, but as the pain progresses it becomes almost impossible to ignore. This is especially true if you spend a lot of time on your feet due to work or athletics. Every step you take requires adequate support from your heels, so this isn’t a problem to take lightly. Get help with your heel pain from a foot doctor at Premier Foot & Ankle Center in Somerset, NJ.

Heel Pain Causes
There are several possible reasons why you may be experiencing heel pain. One of the most common causes is the type of shoes that you choose to wear each day. For instance, people who wear flip-flops for long periods of time can develop an irritation of the plantar fascia ligament, which affects the heel. Someone who is flat-footed can also have this problem. Some women who wear high heels often have heel pain due to friction from the back of their shoes. Another possible cause is an injury from jumping and landing on the heels while playing sports.

Relief from Suffering
The more you continue with your same habits, the worse the heel pain will become. That’s why it’s important that you seek treatment from a foot doctor in Somerset ASAP to reverse the symptoms. Common solutions include:

- Stretching exercises to help heal ligaments
- Orthotic inserts to improve the shape and form of the foot
- Ice therapy and medications to ease the pain
- Extracorporeal Shock Wave Treatment (a laser stimulates healing)

Better Choices for Your Feet
After your foot doctor helps relieve your heel pain, there are actions you can take going forward to ensure that it doesn’t reoccur. Observe these simple tips:

- Change your footwear. If you like to wear high heels, avoid wearing them every day and use heel cushions recommended by your foot doctor
- Use custom orthotics created by your podiatrist every day
- Exercise your feet even when you’re not walking. Flexing and stretching while resting can help restore health to the plantar fascia ligament

Call for a Heel Consultation
It’s time to give your heels some relief and see a foot doctor. Call Dr. Jade Gittens at (732) 412-1282 today to schedule an appointment at her office in Somerset, NJ.

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