At Carmel Foot Specialists in Charlotte, North Carolina, our doctors see many patients who suffer from heel pain. Nearly two million Americans suffer from heel pain ranging from mild discomfort to debilitating pain. Commonly the complaint is of pain where the fascia attaches to the heel bone. The plantar fascia becomes inflamed and then you have the painful condition called plantar fasciitis. Treatment could be as simple as some anti-inflammatory drugs, or as severe as simple surgery if other treatment doesn’t control your pain.
So how do you prevent heel pain from occurring?

  • Exercises that stretch out the calf muscle help ease pain and assist with recovery.
  • If you go bear foot, that puts strain and stress on your plantar fascia.
  • Putting and ice pack on your heel for 10 minutes at a time helps reduce inflammation
  • Wear shoes with good arch support and a slightly raised heel
  • Ibuprofen may reduce pain and inflammation
  • Lose weight! Extra pounds put extra stress on you plantar fascia.

No matter what kind of treatment you have for your heel pain, the underlying causes that led to it may remain. Maintaining an ideal weight, wearing supportive shoes and using custom orthodic devices are the way to maintain long-term treatment for plantar fasciitis and heel pain.

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