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By Clinica de los Pies
August 31, 2015
Category: Podiatric Issues
Tags: Heel Pain  

Heel PainLearn the best techniques for combating acute heel pain.

Is plantar fasciitis causing your heel pain? Heel pain is certainly nothing to laugh about. Even minor bouts of foot pain can be enough to affect your daily activities and making moving around a challenge. While severe or chronic heel pain should be diagnosed and treated by your Huntington Park, CA podiatrist Dr. Michael Mayo there are also some ways to ease your pain from the comfort of your own home.

Soothe your feet with ice

Icing your feet can help reduce pain, swelling and inflammation caused by common conditions like plantar fasciitis and Achilles tendonitis. You can ice your foot for up to 20 minutes at a time two to three times a day. Just remember to never apply ice directly to the skin, as it can cause burns.

OTC medications ease pain

You don’t always need strong prescription medications to reduce pain. In fact, many patients find that they can manage their heel pain with over-the-counter pain relievers and anti-inflammatories like Ibuprofen or Advil. Always follow the dosage instructions exactly as directed and be sure to talk to your Huntington Park podiatrist Dr. Mayo before starting any new medications for your condition.

Give your feet a break

Pain is your body’s way of telling you to take it easy. While feet can certainly take quite a beating if heel pain has you changing your daily routine then it’s best to take it easy and rest whenever possible. The less time you spend on your feet and more time spent resting and elevating the sooner you will be back on your feet.

Wear shoes inserts

Talk to your Huntington Park, CA foot doctor Dr. Mayo about whether custom-made orthotics could take pressure off certain areas of your feet and provide you with the relief you’ve been looking for. Orthotics can come in a variety of different materials to cater to different structural abnormalities, symptoms, and foot disorders.

Perform foot exercises

While this might seem contradictory to the advice above about resting, stretching is a great way to strengthen and improve mobility and range-of-motion in your feet. If you are suffering from plantar fasciitis stretching the band of tissue known as the plantar fascia can actually ease pain and stiffness. Talk to your foot doctor in Huntington Park about which stretching exercises could help you.

If you aren’t experiencing the relief you need with these at-home measures then let your Huntington Park, CA podiatrist help you get back to your active lifestyle again. Turn to Clinica de los Pies and be good to your soles.