By Steven M. Vines, D.P.M.
November 16, 2016
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: heel pain  

How your podiatrist in Oxnard can help your heel pain

Heel pain can be excruciating and it can keep you on the sidelines of your life. The chronic, stabbing pain you feel can be debilitating. heel painBut you don’t have to be a couch potato from heel pain. Dr. Steven Vines, your podiatrist in Oxnard, CA, wants to share his knowledge on what might be causing your heel pain and how you can get relief.

Heel pain can be caused by a few factors including:

  • Bruising, from stepping on sharp objects or stones
  • Bone spurs, from muscle and ligament strain or excess calcium deposits
  • Plantar fasciitis, from inflammation of the thick band of tissue across your heel

You may be at increased risk for heel pain if you:

  • Have flat feet
  • Have diabetes
  • Are overweight or pregnant
  • Wear high heels or ill-fitting, tight shoes
  • Do high impact activities like running, stair climbing, or aerobics

You can prevent heel pain by following a few simple tips Dr. Vines wants you to remember to:

  • Always wear supportive shoes, and avoid high heels
  • Wear the appropriate footwear for the activity you are doing
  • Stretch your arches several times each day and especially before playing sports

If you develop heel pain, there are some things you can do to get relief. At home, you can try:

  • Over-the-counter anti-inflammatory pain medications, like Ibuprofen or Tylenol
  • Resting and relieving weight off of your foot
  • Icing your heel several times each day

For stubborn heel pain that doesn’t go away on its own, your podiatrist in Oxnard may suggest professional treatments including:

  • Prescription anti-inflammatory pain medications to relieve swelling and pain
  • Orthotics or heel wedges and supports to protect your heel and provide support
  • Physical therapy to increase flexibility and range-of-motion
  • Extracorporeal Shock Wave Treatment (ESWT) to treat your heel pain

You don’t have to put up with being sidelined by heel pain, especially when help is just a phone call away. For stubborn heel pain, call Dr. Vines, your podiatrist in Oxnard, CA, to feel better tomorrow!


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Oxnard, CA 93036
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