Here in the Metroplex, we’re accustomed to working and living on our feet! From airline workers to healthcare, education, manufacturing, and agricultural professionals, hard-working and active industries make up a huge portion of the local economy.
Unfortunately, all that daily wear and tear can add up. For far too many Texans, chronic heel pain becomes a daily challenge. Just getting out of bed in the morning—let alone the end of an 8-hour shift—can be a miserable experience.
While heel pain is depressingly common, the good news is that you don’t have to simply live with it. It is not a consequence of aging or an active lifestyle. It can be treated, and we can help.
In other words? You have pain. We help you get rid of it.
With the right treatment, not only will you be able to get through your workday without pain, but you might even have energy left over to enjoy some active time with friends and family!
Your feet were designed to last a lifetime and take you around the world. (Actually, take you around the world about four times—a normal, healthy person can put 100,000 miles on their lifetime pedometer by age 80 or so.)
But for many of us, trouble begins much sooner. Part of the problem is all these hard, flat, unforgiving surfaces we walk on all day. Ill-fitting and badly designed footwear can play a role, too.
Genetics is another major player. Unfortunately, some foot shapes are just better than others at distributing weight and providing shock absorption with each step. And if you’re overweight, each step lands with even greater force.
Combine poor foot structures with poor shoes, hard floors, overweight bodies and active occupations, and it’s no wonder that our feet start wearing out.
But that’s not the end of the story.
First things first.
Heel pain is as unique as you are. The most common cause is a condition called plantar fasciitis, which is the result of tearing in the plantar fascia ligament in the bottom of the foot. But other heel pain diagnoses are possible, including bone spurs, nerve problems, circulatory problems, even nutritional problems. There are many potential factors.
When you come to our office, we’ll first evaluate your shoe gear. Are you wearing the right shoes for your activity and foot type? That’s one of the most common contributing causes of heel pain, and fortunately one of the quickest and easiest to solve.
We’ll also evaluate your physical condition. Where does it hurt? When did it start hurting? If necessary, we’ll conduct a few extra tests to be absolutely sure we have the correct diagnosis.
Finally, we’ll take into consideration your lifestyle and needs. The best treatment plans are tailored not only to address the injury itself, but also to the individual. We take as much time as necessary to explain your options and help you develop a plan that will be effective for you.
Besides new shoes, treatments may often include medications, injections, padding, over-the-counter orthotics, or physical therapy.
If X-rays reveal a fundamental problem with the foot structure, we may suggest molding you a pair of custom orthotics. Because they’re specially made to match your exact foot shape rather than a mass-produced approximation, they can offer a higher level of relief for a wider variety of heel pain causes than off-the-shelf insoles.
Surgery is almost never necessary for heel pain. With the right combination of conservative treatments, you should be feeling a lot better!
Once the pain is gone, you’ll definitely want to keep it that way as you go back to your busy life!
Continuing to wear appropriate shoes with good support and cushioning can make a huge difference. If we prescribe you a pair of custom orthotics, you’ll want to wear them every day and check back with us at least once a year to make sure they’re still in good working order and properly adjusted.
You can also protect your heels around the office by using the following strategies:
If heel pain is currently making it difficult for you to work, play, or live the lifestyle you want to live, give Dr. Brandy at Trinity Foot Center in DeSoto, TX a call. You can reach our office at (972) 293-9650.