Heel Pain? Now What?

Moose Jaw Express.com - - News -

You wake up, step out of bed and bang! It’s like some­one just shot you in the foot. You can’t put any pres­sure on your heel and you feel like you’ve aged 20 years overnight.

Heel pain is a very com­mon con­di­tion that I see in my prac­tice. Heel pain can be the re­sult of sud­den in­jury or more repet­i­tive strain of the soft tis­sues in the foot. It can af­fect chil­dren and adults. It can af­fect elite ath­letes as much as your av­er­age Joe. For most peo­ple who de­velop heel pain, it tends to be some­thing that has a grad­ual on­set. It tends to worsen over time un­til it gets to the point where the in­di­vid­ual feels they fi­nally need to do some­thing about it. Heel spurs, plan­tar fasci­itis, tarsal tun­nel syn­drome, Achilles ten­donitis, Sever’s dis­ease etc. are some of the con­di­tions that could be the cul­prit. The key with heel pain is not to wait. Get it as­sessed and treated as soon as you can. Know that, treat­ing the symp­toms is only half the bat­tle. Anti-in­flam­ma­to­ries will get you only so far. The key to re­solv­ing the pain quickly is to not just treat the symp­toms but to treat the un­der­ly­ing cause. Imag­ine treat­ing a painful ab­scessed tooth with pain med­i­ca­tion only. The pain med­i­ca­tion will make it feel bet­ter for a while, but it is not treat­ing the in­fec­tion which is ul­ti­mately the un­der­ly­ing cause.

Heel pain can be­come a de­bil­i­tat­ing con­di­tion that can have a sig­nif­i­cant im­pact on your gen­eral well-be­ing.

Be proac­tive and seek help sooner than later.

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