Top 5 Tips to avoid Heel Pain
There are many tips on heel pain online, so how do these relate to you and your feet?
Heel pain can be quite complex and it is not always due to plantar fasciitis. There are other structures around your heel that can become inflamed and cause discomfort. Your podiatrist will be able to assess your feet and give you advice on the best options for you.
Happy feet need to be pain free as well as comfortable, so you can do the things that matter to you the most. Here are our top 5 tips to avoid heel pain:
Medipod Clinics – Top 5 Tips to avoid Heel Pain
The main cause of heel pain is a combination of abnormal foot function and footwear choice. Therefore, we would advise you to consider the following.
- We suggest avoiding flip-flops, ballet-type shoes, and high heels. These types of shoes do not offer any support and can lead to a number of foot pathologies including heel pain, bunions, toe deformities and shin splints.
- Avoid walking barefoot for a long time. Although walking without shoes has benefits, it can change the structure of your feet as ligaments and muscles become overstretched.
- If you are carrying weight, make sure it is well balanced. Carry your bag on both shoulders and avoid placing children on your hip as this causes postural changes. Abnormal posture leads to heel pain.
- Consider some over the counter foot supports. They can improve your posture and function of your feet. It is better to discuss your needs with a podiatrist who will advise you on the most appropriate support for your feet.
- Wear shoes that give you enough cushioning and shock absorption. Trainers and walking boots are the preferred type of footwear.
Podiatrists at Medipod Clinics are trained to treat heel pain. We understand how your foot works and we tailor a treatment plan to your needs. In most cases a combination of stretching exercises, foot supports, footwear advice, physical therapy and strapping can alleviate your discomfort. We would advise you to avoid a steroid injection unless other measures have not helped.
If you are already experiencing heel pain, we are more than happy to help. Give us a call today on 01455 246100 to chat through your needs.
We also offer other podiatry services, beauty and physiotherapy services. With our expertise and experience, you will have full peace of mind when it comes to your foot health.
For more information about our podiatry services, please contact us on 01455 246100. We would love to help you with any foot related questions.
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