Heel Pain Prevention

At Southwest Podiatry, we understand that your feet are the foundation for movement. That’s why we can also understand how much even a little heel pain can hold you back. Whether it’s a small annoyance with every step or the type of pain that makes it hard to get out of bed in the morning, our doctors are experts in helping the communities of Wytheville, Dublin, Galax, and Marion, VA reduce their heel pain.

What Causes Heel Pain?

While acute heel pain can obviously occur with things like sports injuries or sudden accidents, it typically arises from some type of overuse injury or chronic condition. The tissue that runs from the heel to the toes, known as the plantar fascia, tends to get irritated when it’s put under more stress than it can handle. For example, the constant pounding of running, working a job that requires being on your feet a lot, or even being overweight can lead to inflammation at the bottom of the foot. These types of stressors can lead to plantar fasciitis or even bone spurs at the heel.

Heel Pain Prevention

Inflammation of the plantar fascia tends to come on slowly, almost out of nowhere and leads to a gradually increasing pain. Pain tends to be most intense right after waking up and gets worse with periods of standing or activity. Other contributing factors that could lead to pain include:

  • Running or regular sports participation
  • Increased age
  • Increased weight
  • Poor biomechanics when walking/moving
  • Flat feet or high arches
  • Overpronation at the ankle
  • A sudden increase in activity, such as a new job that requires long, standing shifts

If you’re experiencing any of the above signs or risk factors, you should consider seeing a doctor for your heel pain prevention. We can set you up with treatments like orthotics, stretching exercises, and even a strengthening program to improve your biomechanics. Each patient’s needs will differ, though, so make sure to speak with a professional about what types of prevention are best for you.

Get in Touch To Set up an Appointment Today

Ready to find relief? Our staff at Southwest Podiatry is here to help. Call us at (276) 228-2212 to get an appointment for heel pain at our Wytheville, VA location, (540) 674-2444 for our Dublin office, (276) 236-966 for an appointment in Galax, or (276) 782-9545 for our Marion offices.