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Posts for: July, 2015

By Cho Foot & Ankle Specialists
July 02, 2015
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Heel Pain  

Discover some of the best ways to treat heel pain in Virginia Beach.

Most heel pain is the result of plantar fasciitis, an inflammation of a specific band of tissue known as the plantar fascia. The plantar Heel Painfascia tissue run from your toes to the back of the heel and when inflamed can make it extremely difficult to move without pain. If you are suffering from heel pain in Virginia Beach, discover how you can treat this problem now.

Conservative treatments for heel pain

Stretching and strengthening exercises: Calf muscle stretches can be extremely helpful for plantar fasciitis related heel pain. If you’re wondering which exercises would be most beneficial to you, talk to your Virginia Beach podiatrists Drs. David Cho and Carrie Cho today.

Ice therapy: If you are experiencing inflammation due to heel pain, wrap an ice pack in a towel and apply it to your heel for about 20 minutes at a time 3-4 times a day.

Supportive shoes: If you suffer from heel pain then you know the importance of having good shoes. Therefore, it might be time to go shoe shopping. Look for a pair of shoes that is going to offer maximum support for your arches. Surprisingly enough, look for shoes with a bit of a heel to help take stress off the plantar fascia tissue.

Medications: Over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medications like ibuprofen can be an easy way to reduce both discomfort and inflammation. Talk to your Virginia Beach podiatrists first before starting a daily OTC regime.

Limit certain activities: If you are an avid athlete you may not want to but it’s important to give some of those strenuous activities a rest while you recover. Take it easy while you are healing so you don’t exacerbate your condition.

If you still experience heel pain after several weeks then it’s time to see your Virginia Beach podiatrists, who may recommend some of these other heel pain treatment options:

Orthotics: Your Virginia Beach podiatrists at Cho Foot & Ankle Specialists can help reduce heel pain by making customized orthotics that can fit in your shoes and offer the support you need to take pressure off the heel and other areas of your foot.

Padding and splinting: If you aren’t quite ready to go for custom-made orthotics than you can turn to padding or straps, which can also be placed in your shoes to help reduce the impact of movement and to take pressure off the fascia.

Steroid injections: If over-the-counter medications aren’t reducing your inflammation then you may want to consider corticosteroid injections, which can help with both pain and swelling.

Do I need surgery for my heel pain?

Many of our patients are able to eliminate their heel pain through these non-surgical options. But there are still some patients who will need surgery in order to properly treat their foot problem. If you are still experiencing heel pain after several months of conservative treatments then it’s time to talk to your Virginia Beach foot doctors about whether surgery is the next step. We would be happy to sit down with you and discuss your surgical options.

Suffering from heel pain? Ready to get back to your daily activities? Then it’s time to see your Virginia Beach podiatrists for treatment. Call Cho Foot and Ankle Specialists today at (757) 427-7447!