Heel Pain Prevention Tips
Heel pain is a common issue that brings many patients in to see us here at Dallas Podiatry Works. In part, this is because the heel—and the foot in general—is exposed to tremendous force loads during physical activity. Even simply walking places several hundred tons of force on the feet! Combine that with the various causes of heel pain (plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendinitis, Sever’s disease, bursitis, etc.) and it’s easy to see why heel pain prevention tips can be so helpful.
When you experience pain in the back of your foot, we can provide the care you need. Of course, we would rather you were able to prevent heel pain from happening in the first place. With this in mind, some tips to reduce your risk of injury include:
- Maintaining a healthy weight. Keeping your bodyweight in a healthy, recommended range will minimize stress on your fascia and lower your risk of developing plantar fasciitis.
- Wearing supportive footwear. Shoes that fit properly and feature solid arch support and shock absorbency will assist your feet in distributing and absorbing the tremendous amounts of force placed on them while walking and running.
- Cross-training. If your workout plan is centered on high-impact activities, swap some of them out for low-impact ones like swimming, cycling, and even yoga. This will lower your injury risk, but also provide you with greater overall levels of fitness.
- Stretch regularly. Stretching exercises will keep your calf muscles, plantar fascia, and Achilles tendons limber and less likely to become injured.
- Warm up before activity. Before running or engaging in intense physical activity, be sure to take 5-10 minutes and perform a light warm-up and then follow it with some dynamic stretches.
These tips to head off heel pain will reduce your risk of developing common issues like plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendinitis, and bursitis. Of course, if you are already dealing with painful symptoms in the back of your foot, our medical professionals are ready to help. Fortunately, most of the problems are resolved with the use of nonsurgical treatment options.
Come see us at either our Dallas or Plano, TX podiatrist offices and receive the foot and ankle care you need. Schedule your appointment online today, or give Dallas Podiatry Works a toll-free call at (888) 716-5283 to speak to a member of our friendly staff.
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