Know the signs that it’s time to turn to a medical professional for heel pain treatment.
Mild heel pain is a problem that you can sometimes treat with simple home care and rest; however, it’s important not to ignore the pain or to push through the pain, as this can result in more damage and inflamed tissue. The longer you leave heel pain untreated or improperly treated the worse it can get. Wondering if it’s time to visit our Columbus, OH, podiatrists to care? It might be time if,
You can’t put weight on the foot
Sure, heel pain can make it more challenging to get around, but it shouldn’t be impossible. If you have trouble even just putting weight on the heel then this could be a sign of a fracture or more serious issue that requires immediate medical attention from our Columbus, OH, podiatrist.
Your pain is severe
If your heel pain develops suddenly or is severe then do not try and treat the problem at home, you should play it safe and see your podiatrist as soon as possible. While heel pain is most often caused by simple overuse injuries such as plantar fasciitis or Achilles tendonitis, they don’t often result in severe pain. In this case, severe pain could be a sign that there is something more urgent going on.
You develop a fever
Heel pain is a localized issue; however, if a fever also appears, this is another reason to see a medical professional. After all, increased inflammation or redness, red streaks in the foot, fever and increased pain could all be signs of an infection. A foot infection needs to be treated right away to prevent complications.
You have diabetes
If you’ve been diagnosed with diabetes, then you know how important it is to keep your feet healthy. You also understand that you are at risk for foot-related complications such as ulcers and nerve damage. This is why it’s so incredibly important that you see your foot doctor right away if you develop any kind of foot or ankle problems (including heel pain), no matter how minor they may seem.
With two offices in Columbus, OH, and one in Dublin, OH, Clintonville Foot & Ankle Group is your premier podiatrist here in Central Ohio. If you are dealing with heel pain that just won’t quit, give us a call. For North High Street in Columbus, phone (614) 267-8387. In Dublin, call (614) 761-1466, and on Briggs Road in Columbus, reach us at (614) 272-2637.