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Painful Procrastination: Don’t Wait to Deal with Heel Pain

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It’s easy to put things off to a more “convenient” time. After all, you’re busy. You see this all the time during summer: you make plans to use the warm weather to exercise more, or take care of the landscaping, or host a yard sale to get rid of extra stuff. Yet other things in life appear and push those goals off until later—until you find the season is gone. You can do this with your health, too, although the consequences tend to be much more painful. Heel pain is one thing you shouldn’t put off at all.

Heel pain can have many different underlying causes. Plantar fasciitis is the most common culprit, but Achilles tendonitis, bursitis, and stress fractures are all possible in the heels. All of these issues cause gradually increasing pain that gets more difficult to treat the longer it goes on.

That, at the root of it, is why you shouldn’t procrastinate taking care of your heel pain. The condition causing the discomfort tends to get worse and harder to treat the longer you suffer from it. The irritated plantar fascia in plantar fasciitis gets thicker and shortens. After a while, it may not respond to most conservative care. The Achilles tendon faces a similar problem. The more it remains inflamed and irritated, the more the tissue swells and thickens. This can eventually put you at risk for tendon ruptures. Other heel pain culprits have similar issues. The longer they progress, the more difficult it is for traditional treatments to improve them.

Taking care of your heel pain right away makes it more likely your feet will respond to care. Stretching, icing, physical therapy exercises, and better support usually improve the problem. If you’re experiencing any kind of heel discomfort, don’t be tempted to wait for it to go away or to deal with it “later.” Address your lower limb pain right away and eliminate it. Our team at Family Foot Care & surgery, LLC is happy to help. Use our website or call one of our two offices to get a consultation. To reach our Hamden office, call (203) 288-4055. To reach the Milford location, call (203) 876-7736.

Dr. Sanjay V. Patel
Dr. Patel has over 20 years of experience in the field of podiatric medicine and podiatric surgery.
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