Despite how integral a role our feet play in our daily lives, we tend to take them for granted at times. Our heels need rest and proper care so that our feet function in the right manner.
What might cause our heels to hurt? Here are a few signs for us indicating that we need to be cautious of heel pain:
- Overuse and overexertion of our heels can damage the ligaments under our feet and cause severe pain in the heels. Rest and avoidance of intense physical activity is advised in such cases.
- “Plantar fasciitis” is inflammation in the ligament under our feet that connects the heels to our toes. Damage to this muscle results in painful heels accompanied by inflammation and even swelling. It is recommended to consult a podiatrist so that appropriate care and treatment is carried out in a timely manner.
- “Peripheral neuropathy” is a condition characterized by nerve damage in our feet and ankles due to diabetes. This results in loss of sensation and acute pain in the heels and feet. Ignoring or delaying treatment can be extremely harmful to our feet.
- Fractures and broken bones also cause heel pain that requires immediate treatment to avoid immobility and long-term damage to our feet.
- “Achilles tendonitis” is very common and occurs due to overuse and application of excessive pressure on our heels. Injuring this tendon results in painful heels and needs immediate attention.
- Calluses may occur on our heels due to uncomfortable footwear that does not allocate pressure on our feet in the right manner. Continuous and excessive weight forces the calluses to worsen and become infected in the worst cases.
Prolonged heel pain should not be taken lightly. At Family Foot Care of Southern Maryland, our podiatrists Dr. Jeffrey Idol, Dr. Judith Olkaba, and Dr. Ruth P. Devadas deal with numerous foot and ankle conditions and are equipped to provide solutions to your concerns. For your queries and consultation, feel free to visit any of our offices at Owings (410) 257-2242, Lexington Park (301) 863-6601, LaPlata (301) 934-3345, and Huntingtown (410) 535-1719, MD.