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What is heel pain and how do you treat it?

podiatry Nov 02, 2020

You do not have to continue suffering with heel pain. Whether your heel pain only causes minor discomfort or interferes with your ability to perform routine tasks, there are treatments that can help. A podiatrist can help by diagnosing the specific cause of your heel pain and developing a treatment plan.

 

What causes heel pain?

Heel pain has many different causes, including:

  • Bruises: Painful bruises can develop on the bottom of your heel if you step on a hard object or wear shoes that don't adequately cushion and support your foot.
  • Fractures: Accidents, falls, and sports injuries can cause bone fractures in your heel.
  • Plantar Fasciitis: This common cause of heel pain occurs when the plantar fascia, the tough band of tissue that connects your heels to your toes, becomes inflamed.
  • Plantar Calluses: Painful calluses may form on your heels if your shoes or socks don't fit properly or if the bones in your feet aren't the same length.
  • Inflammation:...
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Why Custom Orthotics could be the answer to your pain

podiatry Oct 21, 2020

What are Prescription Custom Orthotics?
Custom orthotics are specially-made devices designed to support and comfort your feet. Prescription orthotics are crafted for you and no one else. They match the contours of your feet precisely and are designed for the way you move. Orthotics are only manufactured after a podiatrist has conducted a complete evaluation of your feet, ankles, and legs, so the orthotic can accommodate your unique foot structure and pathology.

 

Why and how should I get custom orthotics?
Did you know that some leg and back pain can occur because of poor foot alignment? Custom orthotics can help relieve that pain and more. 

Podiatrists use orthotics to treat foot problems such as plantar fasciitis, bursitis, tendinitis, diabetic foot ulcers, and foot, ankle, and heel pain. Clinical research studies have shown that podiatrist-prescribed foot orthotics decrease foot pain and improve function.

Orthotics typically cost more than shoe inserts purchased in a...

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