Surprisingly, heel pain is a very common problem. By some estimates, one out of four Americans during their lifetime will experience at least one episode of heel pain severe enough to keep them off their feet and unable to do what they love for an extended period of time.
But just because a problem is common doesn’t mean it is normal. If heel pain is restricting your daily routine, regardless of your age or activity level, you need to have it examined by a podiatrist.
Dr. Thomas J. Bobrowski provides a comprehensive, effective treatment for even the most stubborn, chronic cases of heel pain. At InStride Crystal Coast Podiatry we not only treat the symptoms, but we also identify and treat the underlying cause in order to accelerate healing and prevent recurrence. In more than 9 out of 10 cases, heel pain can be resolved without surgical intervention.
Step 3: The Follow-Up
Unfortunately, in some cases, heel pain can persist despite initial attempts to relieve it.
If you continue to experience more discomfort than you were expecting a month after your initial appointment, we may need to modify your treatment plan or recommend additional modalities such as:
- Stretching splints to more aggressively stretch the Achilles tendon and fascia
- Physical therapy
- Custom orthotics
- Oral or Topical anti-inflammatories
In our experience, the majority of heel pain conditions can be effectively treated within three months of the initial visit. Less than 10 percent of cases require a surgical solution—and the earlier you seek professional help after the onset of symptoms, the better your odds are of resolving the pain quickly and without surgery.
Step 4: Keeping the Pain Away
Once your heel pain subsides, it is important to continue treating the underlying cause and to follow the instructions given by our team to prevent recurrence.
It is relatively common for people to slide back into their old habits and routines after their heel pain has resolved, and this often leads to recurrence. To prevent this, we recommend that you continue wearing good shoes with the supports or orthotics and avoid walking around in bare feet or flip flops for extended periods of time.
Don’t let heel pain continue to dictate your lifestyle and your activities. For effective, comprehensive treatment, contact Dr. Thomas J. Bobrowski and the team at InStride Crystal Coast Podiatry today. You can reach our office in New Bern at (252) 638-4700, or online by completing our contact form.