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Monitoring Heel Pain

Tuesday, 30 January 2024 00:00

Monitoring heel pain is essential for effectively addressing its underlying causes and ensuring proper management. Heel pain can stem from various sources, including conditions like plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendonitis, heel spurs, or stress fractures. To gauge heel pain, individuals should focus on several key aspects. First, pinpoint the exact location of the pain, as it can provide valuable insights into its origin. Additionally, identifying activities or movements that trigger or worsen the pain is important. When assessing the severity and duration of the pain, it is also important to assess persistent or escalating discomfort. Signs of swelling, redness, or warmth surrounding the heel area can indicate inflammation. Changes in mobility and any adverse effects on daily activities should be noted. Evaluating footwear choices for proper support and fit can also contribute to managing heel pain. In cases of persistent or severe heel pain, it is suggested that you seek professional evaluation from a podiatrist. Regular monitoring of heel pain allows for early intervention, leading to faster recovery and improved overall foot health.

Many people suffer from bouts of heel pain. For more information, contact Genine Befumo, DPM of University Foot and Ankle Center, L.L.C. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Causes of Heel Pain

Heel pain is often associated with plantar fasciitis. The plantar fascia is a band of tissues that extends along the bottom of the foot. A rip or tear in this ligament can cause inflammation of the tissue.

Achilles tendonitis is another cause of heel pain. Inflammation of the Achilles tendon will cause pain from fractures and muscle tearing. Lack of flexibility is also another symptom.

Heel spurs are another cause of pain. When the tissues of the plantar fascia undergo a great deal of stress, it can lead to ligament separation from the heel bone, causing heel spurs.

Why Might Heel Pain Occur?

  • Wearing ill-fitting shoes                  
  • Wearing non-supportive shoes
  • Weight change           
  • Excessive running

Treatments

Heel pain should be treated as soon as possible for immediate results. Keeping your feet in a stress-free environment will help. If you suffer from Achilles tendonitis or plantar fasciitis, applying ice will reduce the swelling. Stretching before an exercise like running will help the muscles. Using all these tips will help make heel pain a condition of the past.

If you have any questions please contact our office located in Monroe Township, NJ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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