Find out how your Clintonville and Dublin, OH, podiatrists can help you with your heel pain
The podiatrists in Clintonville and Dublin, OH, are equipped with years of experience and knowledge of how to examine your feet and prescribe the proper course of treatment for heel pain.
More about the heel
According to the American Podiatric Medical Association, the heel is the largest bone in your foot and, despite its elaborate network of 33 joints, more than 100 tendons, muscles, and ligaments, it is susceptible to trauma from external forces. When the fascia, a connective tissue that extends from the heel of the foot, supports the arch and extends to the toes, is irritated or inflamed, you will start feeling pain.
Other causes of heel pain
- Heel Spurs, a growth on the bone that may be painless in many cases but may also result in chronic pain.
- Gout is the buildup of uric acid salts, a normal byproduct of the diet, in the joints.
- Arthritis is the swelling of the cartilage and the lining of the joints.
- Psoriasis, a chronic and recurrent inflammatory disease, causes the skin to develop round patches of reddish and dry scales, also covered by grayish-white scales.
- Collagen disorders
- Nerve injuries
- Heel bone abnormalities
Caring for heel pain
There are invasive surgical treatments to get rid of heel pain, such as the removal of connective tissue and heel spurs, but before going down that road, you should consider the following tips on how to take care of your feet:
- Take medications according to your podiatrist's orders, but medicine such as ibuprofen can help reduce inflammation.
- Put your feet in ice water so that your whole heel is completely immersed, but avoid this method if you suffer from poor circulation or diabetes.
- Stretch your feet out daily.
- Avoid rigorous sports and exercises.
- Wear comfortable shoes made of soft rubber.
For more information regarding your heel pain, contact your doctors in Clintonville and Dublin, OH.