By Foot & Ankle Institute of Colorado
March 10, 2017
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Heel Pain  

Find out when it’s time to turn to a professional to treat your heel pain.heel pain

While many people, from the avid runner to the cocktail-slinging bartender, may experience foot pain at some point it can be difficult to know when to shrug it off and wait for it to go away and when your heel pain needs to be checked out by our Colorado Springs, CO, podiatrist, Dr. Matthew Hinderland. Find out when it’s time to turn to a foot expert to handle your pain.

If you are an athlete then chances are pretty good you’ve trained through the pain before, but this can often make foot injuries worse. Did you know that about one million runners each year will develop plantar fasciitis (a common condition that causes heel pain)? While it might seem normal to only visit our Colorado Springs foot doctor when pain or issues are severe, it’s actually a better idea to seek treatment early on when your recovery time will most likely be faster.

When you first start to notice heel pain, follow these simple measures:

  • Rest your feet as much as possible. This means that you should avoid high-impact activities like running. If you must workout, consider low-impact activities like swimming or biking.
  • Stretch your feet and ankles every day. We can also show you some effective towel stretches you can do. Ideally, you should stretch in the morning, afternoon and before bedtime.
  • Wear shoes that provide your feet with cushioning and support, even if you are indoors. Going barefoot can exacerbate your condition.

When to See a Podiatrist

It’s a good idea to schedule an appointment with us if you have heel pain that still causes issues even when you aren’t moving around or are just standing in place. It’s always a good idea to call us if you have been dealing with pain for a couple of weeks and at-home measures aren’t doing the trick.

If heel pain is affecting your day-to-day activities then it’s time you put your foot down. Turn to the Colorado Springs, CO, pain specialists at Foot & Ankle Institute of Colorado. Call us today.