It's no fun watching everyone else enjoy warm weather activities while you're stuck on the sidelines. Unfortunately, if you don't address your heel pain soon, it may be impossible take part in your favorite summer activities. The Boise, ID, podiatrists at Idaho Foot & Ankle Associates discuss several common types of heel pain and explain how a visit to the foot doctor can help you start your summer off on the right foot.
A callus may be a minor problem if it develops on any area of your body but your heel. Plantar calluses, which can be very painful, often occur if you wear poorly fitting shoes or socks. If the callus isn't very thick, you may be able to remove it with a pumice stone. Thicker calluses should be removed by a podiatrist. Every callus, no matter how big or small, should be removed by a foot doctor if you suffer from diabetes. If plantar calluses are a constant problem due to a discrepancy in the length of the bones in your foot, you may benefit from surgery.
Is your heel pain worse in the morning? You might have plantar fasciitis. The condition is particularly common in runners, but can affect anyone who stands or walks for long periods of time, has high arches or flat feet, or is obese. Exercises that stretch the plantar fascia, a long band of tissue on the bottom of your foot, can help. Orthotics and night splints may also be helpful. Although most people can avoid surgery, it's the best option if you have severe pain, or your symptoms don't improve after using more conservative treatments.
The retrocalcaneal bursa is a small sac filled with fluid that helps your Achilles tendon glide over your heel bone easily. The bursa can become inflamed if you overdo it when you run, walk or jump, but inflammation may also occur if you have arthritis. When rest doesn't improve your symptoms, it's time for a visit to the Boise, Nampa or Meridian offices of Idaho Foot & Ankle Associates. Depending on the severity of your condition, you may benefit from physical therapy, orthotics, corticosteroid injections or ultrasound treatment.
Don't ignore your heel pain. Call the podiatrists at Idaho Foot & Ankle Associates at one of these offices to schedule an appointment: Boise, ID, (208) 327-0627, Nampa, ID, (208) 463-1660 or Meridian (208) 888-9876.