Why Do I Have Heel Pain & What Will Help End It?
Heel pain is common among people of all ages, lifestyles, and genders, with it affecting over two million Americans annually. There are many reasons you may encounter heel pain, but what may come as a surprise is that chiropractic solutions will likely be able to end your heel pain and get you active again.
Chiropractors are specialists who understand the relationship between the soft tissues and bones in the foot and can determine the cause of your discomfort so the right treatment plan can be put in place.
This post will go over:
The kinds of heel injuries
Ways of preventing heel pain
Chiropractic services to help heal the injury causing your heel pain
Let’s get straight into it…
Types of Injuries that Cause Heel Pain
With a complex structure of bones, ligaments, muscles, and tendons combined with persistent use, the foot is vulnerable to injury. In most cases, the injury is due to damage to the soft tissues of the foot.
One of the most common reasons for heel pain is plantar fasciitis. The plantar fascia is a tissue that connects the heel and the toes. When it becomes inflamed, the heel may experience pain that can get quite intense, making your everyday routine challenging.
Causes may be due to overuse, foot structure, or the type of shoe you wear, to name a few. Pain often occurs in the heel during the first steps of the day or after prolonged sitting and after physical activity.
Chiropractic solutions can remedy the inflammation using various services that treat imbalances in the foot’s soft tissues as they stretch and strengthen them.
You may also get heel pain if you have any of the following conditions:
Sprains or strains
Your heel pain is letting you know something isn’t functioning properly. Getting non-invasive, natural chiropractic care can help end your pain at its source without needing pain-masking medications that can cause further injury.
Preventing Heel Pain
Once you know why you’re suffering from heel pain, you can determine how to best manage your discomfort. Speaking with a healthcare provider prior to taking action is always a smart move; however, there are some tips and tricks to help keep you out of pain in the meantime.
Tips to prevent heel pain:
Wear good, supporting shoes
Stretch your feet (foot yoga is a thing)
Get (the correct) shoe inserts
Warm up and stretch before exercises that require extensive use of the feet or persistent pressure on the feet
Listen to your body; if your heels are starting to hurt, don’t force it; rest them
Home remedies to help with heel pain:
Get off your feet
Massage the heel using light pressure with your thumbs
Ice your heel
Freeze a water bottle and roll it under your foot (this feels amazing!)
Stretch your feet
Chiropractic Care to End Your Heel Pain
Your local chiropractor can provide numerous safe, effective chiropractic solutions to help heal your injury and end your heel pain. Often, several services are used together to garner a quicker and safer recovery.
Common techniques to cure conditions associated with heel pain include:
Adjustments to the affected area to realign and restore balance
Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue mobilization to reduce inflammation and promote circulation to the injury
Dry needling to ease restrictions and encourage the full function of the soft tissues
Exercises and stretches to enhance strength and flexibility
At JH Backcountry Health, we use every modality possible to help the patient find comfort as soon as possible. We also ensure the patient has the correct guidance for at-home practices that help keep the body safe.
Visit JH Backcountry Health for Heel Pain
Whatever is causing your heel pain, finding a resolution is your mission. Ours is to make sure we end your pain at the source, so it stays away– curing the problem, not masking it.
If you’re suffering from heel discomfort that’s interfering with your focus, lifestyle, sleep, or anything else, contact our team. We’re ready to end your pain for good.