Have you ever woken up, taken that first step, and felt a shooting pain running through your foot? How about when you go grocery shopping and find yourself leaning on your cart more than you’re pushing it? Heel pain affects most people at least once in their lives, and though it can be nagging, debilitating, and often simply irritating, it can be overcome. In this post, I take a look at the most common causes for heel pain and what to do about them.
Because heel pain affects our daily activities – walking the dog, going for a jog, cleaning the house, or commuting to work – it makes sense to have a closer look at how we DO those activities, just in case they may be the culprits aggravating our discomfort. In truth, the heel pain you experience is often the result of accumulative stress placed on the foot, incorrect posture, or consistent over-exertion. Take a look at the 6 most common causes for heel pain, all of which often relate directly back to our daily activities:
So, now that you know the most common causes, where do you begin on your journey to pain free heels? Remember, small changes make a massive difference when combating accumulative stress on the heel. With this in mind, here are 5 things you can change RIGHT NOW in order to start experiencing pain relief:
Heel pain can be debilitating. The steps above are some of the ways in which you can overcome your daily struggle. Remember, finding the root cause of your pain is the key to overcoming it, and, as a bonus, it will ensure the maintenance of a pain free life. And know, too, that heel health is largely dependent on your overall health: a diet rich in anti-inflammatory foods, an achievable fitness routine, overall balance and posture, and general daily mindfulness, will greatly improve the issue you’re facing.
If you’re currently experiencing heel pain and want some answers to your problem, why not reach out to one of our professional, dedicated physical therapists? We’re here to help and we look forward to addressing your specific problem, today.
Dr. Jack Wong
Leading Physical Therapist In The Houston Area