One of the most underappreciated parts of your body is your feet. Every morning you shock them by moving them from your warm bed to an ice-cold floor. Then, you scoot them around—too tired to pick them fully off the floor—and then shove them into socks, and (if they’re lucky) into appropriately fitting shoes. This abuse continues throughout the day as you stomp them, kick them, and slam them on the ground (all with the full weight of your body), without giving them a second thought until you’ve hurt them.
Unfortunately, you’re not the only one who neglects proper foot care. Millions of people across the United States have occasional or recurrent attacks of plantar fasciitis, heel spurs, and arch pain. However, with proper care and treatment, this pain can be managed and even avoided.
Common Causes of Heel and Arch Pain
The three most common causes of heel and arch pain are:
The most common heel pain culprit is plantar fasciitis. Plantar fasciitis is a term used to describe the inflammation of the tissue band (plantar fascia) which spans from the bottom of your toes, across your arch, and to your heel. When this band becomes irritated or overworked, it can inflame, causing severe pain when you walk.
Another common ailment of the heel is the formation of heel spurs. Heel spurs are calcium deposits located at the base of the heel, most commonly where the plantar fascia connects to the heel. Heel spurs are often caused by straining foot muscles and ligaments, stretching the plantar fascia, and repeated tearing of the membrane that covers the heel bone.
Finally, flat feet (also known as “fallen arches”) can also cause pain, as well as a host of other feet related problems. An estimated 20 to 30 percent of people have underdeveloped arches, which cause their entire foot to make contact with the ground with every step. Although this may not seem like a big deal, the problem is that the function of an arch is to dissipate the force of your foot hitting the ground. If the arch is flat, more of the force is transferred into your foot and up your leg. Continuous walking, running, and standing will cause excessive force damage, leading to pain and damage to muscles, tissues, and ligaments.
What You Can Do to Support Your Foot Health
Understanding where and why your feet are causing you pain is only half the battle. The second half is getting the right treatment and care you need. Our podiatrists know the anguish that you’re going through, and will do everything in their power to help ease your pain, and get you back on your feet. We provide extensive treatment options such as:
Advice for the ideal shoe design for your arch height
We’ve helped hundreds of people like you combat the daily stresses you put on your feet and improve their overall health. Remember, your feet are the base of your support system; let us help you reinforce them. We’ll not only make them stronger, but we’ll eliminate the pain so you can put your best feet forward.
Contact us today for more information about heel and arch pain, or take the first step toward a pain-free future by making an appointment. We’re waiting to help you feel better. Call now.