As we welcome the new year, many feel motivated to take steps towards self-improvement. Some may begin by improving their daily routines, including increased healthy exercise habits. If you start a new fitness routine, be gentle with yourself, be consistent, and start slowly. Occasionally, heel pain can intensify when you begin a new exercise routine. Don’t let heel pain prevent you from moving forward with your 2023 fitness goals!
Heel pain (plantar fasciitis) may be one of the most common issues seen by podiatrists today. It’s a condition in which the band of tissue that stretches from your heel bone to your toes becomes inflamed, torn, or otherwise stressed from overuse. It is vital to get a complete exam and proper diagnosis if you experience heel pain.
Our specialists recommend using the following methods to resolve foot pain during the new year
- Follow simple stretches and exercise routines to strengthen the foot.
- Wear proper fitting shoes with arch and ankle support.
- Ice your heel several times a day to reduce uncomfortable inflammation.
- Rest your lower extremities.
- Use custom orthotics to alleviate chronic foot pain.
- Use an anti-inflammatory drug such as Ibuprofen and Naproxen to help with the pain.
- Call a podiatrist.
Certain people have an increased risk of developing plantar fasciitis or foot pain. Those people are:
- Between the ages 40-60
- Carry extra weight
- Have predisposed hereditary conditions
- Have tight Achilles tendons
- Wear non-supportive shoes or high heels
- Have an occupation that causes you to be on your feet for extended periods
The longer you have been experiencing the pain of plantar fasciitis, the longer it may take to help resolve the pain. To better determine the source of your heel pain and the best course of treatment, schedule a comprehensive foot examination with Kentlands Foot and Ankle Center podiatrist, Dr. Jon M. Sherman, at our Montgomery office. To schedule your appointment, please call our office at (301)-825-9697.
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