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Heel Pain Prevention Tips

Heel Pain Prevention TipsHeel 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 972.566.7474 to speak to a member of our friendly staff.

"I did 3 EPAT treatments and it gave me tremendous relief from my plantar fasciitis. I highly recommend this for anyone who is dealing with PF. Also, the physical therapist Dr. Brook sent me too is fantastic. I am definitely on the mend and so glad I did EPAT."- All H. 5 star
"Dr Northcutt is a fantastic physician. My first surgery with him (although painful), went very well. A couple of issues (with his staff) needed to be corrected, I appreciated his calm and professional demeanor and he corrected those issues promptly. He sets the bar high (the mark of a great physician), and that is the key reason why I'm coming back to him to correct my other foot. I would highly recommend him."- She B. 5 star
"The staff at Dallas Podiatry Works could not have been more courteous, helpful, and professional in doing their job. They made me feel comfortable when I was there, which is certainly appreciated. They answered all the questions that I had and just made each visit the most pleasurable that it could be. I would highly recommend them to anyone needing this type of care."- Joseph B. 5 star
"My experience was a good one from pre-op to post -op. I saw the doctor right before my surgery.He explained the process to me and my husband. The recovery nurse was great. It was neither crowded or chaotic as some day surgery centers. My foot is doing well as I follow instructions. I look forward to my one week progress visit!"- Patricia T.5 star
"I had dealt with a painful foot problem for five months and had seen three different Doctors before seeing an article in D Magazine about Dr. Joel Brook. Dr. Brook took one look at my foot, explained the causes for my pain and set me up on a successful treatment plan. He is very knowledgeable, thorough and exhibits a caring attitude. I highly recommend him."- Ginger W. 5 star
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