Heel Pain Treatment Options

Don’t let heel pain keep you from doing what you love. Here’s how we can help you manage your pain.

Heel pain is one of the most common reasons people come into our practice for care. When a person has trouble managing heel pain on their own, they can turn to their Fort Walton Beach, and Crestview, FL, podiatrists, Dr. Cosimo Ricciardi and Dr. Neil Patel, for care. After all, improperly treated heel pain can lead to long-term issues, so we want to prevent this whenever possible. Dealing with heel pain? Here’s what you can do about it:

If you’ve dealt with heel pain before and the pain is minor you can probably go ahead and try and ease your symptoms yourself. However, we don’t recommend doing this if your symptoms are more serious or if you’ve never had heel pain before. Here are some of the best ways to manage minor bouts of plantar fasciitis and Achilles tendonitis, the two most common causes of heel pain:

  • Rest as much as possible
  • Elevate the affected foot while sitting or lying down
  • Avoid high-impact or strenuous activities including exercise
  • Perform therapeutic foot stretches daily
  • Consider splinting the foot at night to reduce morning pain and stiffness
  • Ice your heel 2-3 times a day for up to 15 minutes at a time
  • Wear supportive shoes whenever you move around 

When to See a Podiatrist

It’s important to know when to turn to your Fort Walton Beach, and Crestview, FL, podiatrists for heel pain treatment. It’s time to come in for an evaluation if:

  • You’ve never had heel pain before
  • Your pain is severe
  • There is severe swelling around the heel
  • Your heel pain is getting worse despite rest and home care
  • You’re experiencing numbness, tingling, or weakness in the foot
  • There are color changes in the foot
  • You can’t put weight on the foot
  • Your heel pain is the result of an injury

How Your Podiatrists Treat Heel Pain

Dr. Ricciardi and Dr. Patel are experts when it comes to foot and ankle care, which means that they will know exactly which treatment options to offer patients dealing with stubborn or even chronic forms of heel pain. When at-home care doesn’t work, our team will get to work crafting a treatment plan that will facilitate faster and more effective healing. Treatment options that we offer for heel pain include:

  • Custom orthotics
  • Steroid injections
  • Musculoskeletal pain laser
  • Ultrasound therapy
  • Surgery (in very rare cases)

If you have questions about how to manage or treat your heel pain in the Fort Walton Beach, Crestview, and Niceville, FL, areas, Dr. Ricciardi and Dr. Patel are here to help. To schedule an evaluation, call Emerald Coast Podiatry today at 850-862-4119 or 850-682-6522.

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