Heel pain is rarely a symptom of a serious condition, but it can completely change your lifestyle as you avoid normal activity because of the pain. Heel pain affects all age groups, and is normally caused by an increase in activity while wearing unsupportive shoes or walking barefoot.
Unfortunately, foot injury often comes paired with the change in weather and footwear. Many sandals and flip-flops are flat, providing little to no foot support. When people walk far distances in this type of footwear, it can lead to severe foot pain, and even tendonitis.
Heel pain is most often treated with conservative measures, such as: icing, stretching, and switching to supportive shoes. When these home remedies aren’t enough, your podiatrist may recommend the use of orthotics or non-invasive, electromagnetic shockwave therapy. While changing the way you walk may provide temporary pain relief, it can put extra stress on your knees and other joints. The best way to prevent heel pain is to find a pair of comfortable, supportive shoes and gradually begin physical activities instead of all at once.
If you are experiencing any pain in your feet, it is important to get them checked out and properly treated by a podiatrist. Our community is fortunate, as Cone Health has an exceptional network of podiatrists and related healthcare providers dedicated to educating individuals about proper footwear, and caring for patients with foot problems or conditions.
Dr. Norman Regal is a podiatrist at Triad Foot Center and a member of the Cone Health Medical Group. Dr. Regal received his medical degree from the Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine. His residency training was completed at the Baptist Memorial Specialty Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee. In practice since 1987, Dr. Regal is certified in foot surgery by the American Board of Podiatric Surgery.