What you need to know about heel pain
If you’ve felt the sharp, stabbing discomfort of heel pain you know how debilitating it can be. Heel pain can be irritating because it can linger for a long period of time and be very difficult to get rid of. Now there’s a way to end persistent heel pain. Dr. David W. Mansky, at Mansky Podiatry in Hastings, Michigan, wants to help you with your heel pain.
You can have heel pain for several different reasons. The most common causes of persistent heel pain are:
- Plantar fasciitis, which is inflammation of the thick band of tissue called the plantar fascia, running across your heel
- Heel spurs, which are hard calcium deposits in the tissue of your heel
- Stone bruises, which are deep heel bruises caused from stepping on sharp stones
- Inflammation and swelling where your Achilles tendon attaches to your heel
Dr. Mansky wants you to know about a few simple tricks to ease the symptoms of heel pain. You can try:
- Taking over-the-counter pain medications like ibuprofen or Tylenol
- Putting ice on your heel three times a day for 15 minutes
- Doing Achilles tendon and gentle arch stretches several times a day
- Using heel inserts and getting more supportive shoes
For stubborn, persistent heel pain, you need to see Dr. Mansky. He can prescribe several effective professional treatments including:
- Custom-made orthotics and footwear
- Prescription strength pain relieving medications
- Physical therapy and stretching exercises
- Extracorporeal Shock Wave Treatment
If your heel pain is severe, Dr. Mansky may recommend surgery to end persistent heel pain for good. A common surgical treatment to ease heel pain is endoscopic plantar fascia surgery to release a small part of the plantar fascia through two tiny incisions in your heel.
You can end your persistent heel pain with a visit to Dr. Mansky. Don’t let heel pain run your life and keep you off your feet. It’s time to call Dr. David W. Mansky at Mansky Podiatry with offices in Hastings, and Caledonia, Michigan. Call today and get rid of your heel pain!