Wear Appropriate Footwear
Consider Shoe Inserts
Apply Protective Padding
Practice Pain Management
Do I need surgery for a hammertoe?
If you are dealing with hammertoes or other foot problems, you must have a podiatrist that you can turn to for regular and immediate care.
- Ingrown toenails
- Chronic heel pain
- A broken foot or ankle
- Numbness, tingling or loss of sensation in the feet
- Severe pain
- Difficulty bearing weight on a foot or ankle
- A visible foot deformity
- Signs of infection (e.g. redness; swelling; fever)
- An ulcer or open wound
While heel pain can sometimes be managed with rest and proper home care, it’s also important that you don’t just ignore the problem. After all, many conditions responsible for heel pain such as plantar fasciitis and Achilles tendonitis can get worse or become chronic if not properly cared for. So, when should you turn to our Burlington, VT, podiatrist Dr. Michael Guerra to treat your heel pain?
You don’t know the cause
Maybe this is the first time you’ve ever dealt with a bout of heel pain. In this case, you may not even understand what might be causing your pain. So, how can you properly treat the problem when you don’t know what it is? Our goal as your Burlington, VT, podiatrist is to provide you with treatment that won’t just manage your symptoms but also treat the underlying cause. If you’re not sure what’s causing your heel pain then you should see a doctor for a diagnosis.
Heel pain is severe
If you are dealing with severe heel pain, or even severe swelling of the heel, it’s a good idea to visit a foot doctor right away. While plantar fasciitis and Achilles tendonitis-related heel pain can be rather uncomfortable, pain shouldn’t be so severe that it’s debilitating. If you experience heel pain even when sitting or resting then you should see a doctor as soon as possible.
You notice signs of infection
This is another reason to pick up the phone and call your podiatrist right away. The sooner you get treated for a foot infection the better. Do not ignore the infection or hope that it goes away on its own, as this can lead to serious health complications. If you are dealing with fever, redness and skin that’s warm to the touch, these are all signs of an infection and they should be evaluated by a foot doctor.
Your heel pain persists for days
If despite proper rest, avoiding physical activities (especially high-impact exercises), taking pain relievers, your heel pain isn’t responding to home care after five days it’s also a good idea to see a podiatrist. Not providing your foot with the proper care it needs to heal now could to lead to more serious issues in the future.
For persistent cases, Shock Wave Therapy ( EPAT) may be used. EPAT is a non-invasive treatment option that uses shockwave therapy to treat chronic forms of heel pain caused by tendonitis and plantar fasciitis, the two most common causes of chronic heel pain. EPAT technology targets the inflamed and damaged areas to trigger the body’s natural healing response to improve circulation and blood flow to the areas, regenerate healthy tissue and to speed up the healing process.
If you are looking for a podiatrist here in Burlington, VT, that can address your heel pain, you’ve come to the right place. Call our office at (802) 862-8666 to schedule an evaluation.
- Running requires shoes with shock absorption. Your feet take on a lot of pressure and friction. Cushioning your shoes in the correct areas keeps you from feeling the pain.
- Traction is important in sports that need quick changes in direction and sprinting, like basketball. Traction should never be too high or low. The right shoes keep you from slipping on the floor while letting you move and pivot.
- Ankle support is a must. It limits the side-to-side movement that knocks your ankle out of alignment. This kind of support keeps ankle sprains at bay. For sports like basketball, hockey, skiing, and skating, make sure that your shoes aren’t too high. Otherwise, they will dig into your Achilles tendon. You can also wear soft ankle braces.
- Arch support varies for everyone. Your podiatrist can test your foot to determine your gait. Depending on the results, your podiatrist can recommend orthotics or special shoe inserts.
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