Break up with Your Heel Pain!
Maybe you already have a long-standing relationship with heel pain, or maybe you are new to this aggravating condition – no matter your situation, ignoring the pain won’t solve the problem.
Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and for some of us, heel pain will be crashing our dates!
In fact, on February 14th more than 2 million Americans will be taking their heel pain on romantic walks, passionate dance lessons, and quiet dinners. This may seem like a small price to pay once we take into consideration that our faithful feet work each and every day to provide us balance as we stand and propel our bodies forward as we walk.
But if your heels hurt, our experienced medical professionals at Anderson Foot & Ankle in Salt Lake City are here to set the record straight: “Your heels are taking advantage of you!”
Though this condition is very common, you shouldn’t be quick to dismiss it as normal or “not a big deal.” Our heels in particular bear a lot of weight and impact as they are usually are the first part of our feet to come into contact with ever varying surfaces. Thus, it is no wonder your heels may very well start complaining.
And, when left untreated, heel pain can not only persist but is also likely to become a huge problem in the future requiring more intensive forms of treatment.
The good news is that we are here to help you send heel pain packing and out the door. Keep reading our blog to find out more about what exactly might be upsetting your feet and how to best treat and prevent heel pain.
Why Are Your Heels Always Complaining?
There are many reasons as to why your heels may be giving you grief. But usually, this nagging condition is caused by faulty biomechanics – like walking gait abnormalities – which can exert too much stress on your heel bone and the soft tissues surrounding it.
That being said, there are some risk factors you should take into account:
- Bearing weight for long periods. If you routinely stand for long periods of time you can start experiencing heel pain. This is especially true with hard flooring or surfaces.
- If you are an older adult, then you will naturally be more prone to experiencing discomfort.
- If your body mass is higher than the normal average, then your feet and ankles are also under higher-than-average pressure which can lead to heel pain.
- Ill-fitting footwear. If you consistently wear shoes which provide poor shock absorption and support – especially during high impact activities – your heels will eventually show signs of discomfort.
In fact, ill-fitting footwear is one of the main causes for heel pain – which leads us to our next point.
What is the Best Footwear for You and Your Heels?
Using the right footwear is a vital aspect of preventing unhappy and unhealthy heels. This can minimize – if not altogether eliminate – foot pains. So, when searching for the perfect shoes to help you and your heels have a better relationship, here are some things you should keep in mind:
- Fit for Dreams. You should always have plenty of room to move your toes freely. Make sure your heels and toes are being gently hugged rather than squeezed.
- Sole Mate. You should always opt for supportive footwear. Use the “twist test” to make sure the soles provide the support you need – simply hold the back of the shoe with one hand then grab the front of the shoe with the other and twist. Shoes with supportive soles will resist this twisting motion.
- Flirty Flats. Shoes which lay completely flat on surfaces are not recommended and should be avoided whenever possible. Remember, we are looking for support – something of which flats don’t provide.
- Made for You. Custom orthotics can also be a great compliment to most types of footwear.
Now that you know how to introduce the most comforting and supporting shoes to your heels, you may be wondering what the underlying conditions are that bring the pain.
What is Really Upsetting Your Heels?
Although, there are many underlying conditions which could be causing discomfort in your heels, here are some of the most common diagnosis:
- Heel Spurs.When a bony growth on the underside of the heel bone develops.
- Plantar Fasciitis. When a fibrous band of tissue running along the bottom of the foot is torn by excessive stress.
- Excessive pronation. When an abnormal amount of stretching and pulling on the ligaments and tendons of the heel bone is created.
- Achilles Tendinitis. When the Achilles tendon becomes inflamed.
Of course, we understand that even when we take all the loving and nurturing measures available, heel pain can be a hard thing to kick to the curb. If this condition has essentially been stalking your every move, then you should seek professional diagnosis and treatment immediately.
We Can Help You!
So are you are tired of heel pain following you everywhere you go? Is that nagging sensation starting to control your every-day life?
Well, maybe it’s time for a breakup!
Here at Anderson Foot & Ankle in Salt Lake City, we have just what you need to finally kiss heel pain goodbye. All you have to do is be proactive and come pay a visit to Dr. Mikol Anderson and his team today!
To schedule an appointment with us, please call (801) 269-9939 or simply fill out our handy contact form online.