I broke my ankle about three years ago in a car accident. I followed all of the doctor's instructions as my ankle healed, but something didn't heal quite right. Two and a half years later, I was still having severe pain and my doctor couldn't figure out why. He suggested that I see a podiatrist to have it looked at more closely. It turns out that there is a lot more to an ankle injury than I had known. Scroll through my site to find out what can really happen to your ankle when it is broken and what could cause the pain to continue long after the injury is sustained.
If you have pain in your heel, you are going to have a hard time moving around or doing the things that you love. This can be tremendously frustrating. Here are some tips for easing heel pain so that you can function more easily in your day to day life.
1. Get Inserts
If you don't have the time or the money to go to a podiatrist to get professional inserts made, or if you need relief before an appointment is available, then you will want to be make sure that you use inserts that you can purchase from a store. You might be confused as to which type of inserts that you need. You need to purchase inserts that raise the heel up from the bottom of your shoe and provide a lot of support to the arch of your foot. The goal of these inserts should be to more evenly distribute your weight while you are walking so that more lands on the arch, rather than the heel. This will allow you to walk with less pain.
2. Wear a Splint at Night
One of the reasons why you might be experiencing pain in your heel is because you are suffering from plantar fasciitis. You can wear a special splint at night that will stretch out the plantar fascia and allow it to stay more loose during the day, allowing you to be much more comfortable. You can either purchase one of these splints online or from your podiatrist.
3. Lose Weight
If you are overweight and are suffering from heel pain, it will help you slightly to lose some of the excess weight. This should only be done with the assistance of a doctor and a solid plan for regular exercise and a healthy diet. This is not a short term solution, but it can help in the long run.
4. Get a Cortisone Shot
Another option is to go to you doctor to get a cortisone shot in your heel. This is initially painful but will greatly reduce the inflammation in your foot, allowing you to walk on your heel with greatly reduced pain after the pain from the shot has worn off.
5. Use an Ice Pack at Night
After a long day of being on your feet, use an ice pack on your heels to bring down any swelling and inflammation.
For more information, contact Collier Podiatry PA or a similar organization.Share
6 April 2016