Bad Habits That Are Making Your Heel Pain Worse

Bad Habits That Are Making Your Heel Pain Worse

Most people don't give their heels much thought — until there is an issue. This largest bone in the foot can cause pain ranging from minor to severe. Fortunately, there are things you can do to help reduce the pain and prevent problems from getting worse.

Dr. Todd Cox and our team at Yavapai Foot and Ankle Center in Prescott, Arizona provide one-stop care for all your foot and ankle needs including heel pain. With high-tech diagnostic capabilities that allow for immediate on-site treatment, we help get you on the road to recovery as quickly as possible.

Heel pain

Many different health conditions can cause heel pain. These include plantar fasciitis, which results from damage to the plantar fascia ligament, sprains, strains, fractures, and damage from overuse, such as Achilles tendonitis. Other possible causes are bursitis and several types of arthritis.

Bad habits

While some cases of heel pain are out of our control, many people may be making heel pain worse without even realizing it. Some examples include the following:

Wearing incorrect footwear

Shoes that don't fit properly or have worn down heels or soles can contribute to heel pain. If exercising or playing a sport, it's important to wear footwear specially designed for the activity to prevent discomfort and possible injury.

In addition, think of shoes as a support system. They should be made of a type of material that helps absorb stress. If this is not possible, heel pads can be added. It's also important to wear shoes when on hard ground rather than walking around barefoot.

Finally, if a certain pair of shoes makes your feet hurt, listen to your body and don't wear them.

Eating an unhealthy diet

Eating too much junk food or an excessive amount of calories can lead to weight gain. This in turn causes more stress on your joints and your heels and leads to pain when you walk.

Not preparing for physical activity

Whether you're getting ready to play a sport, complete a workout, or simply plan to have an active day, it's important to warm up and stretch your muscles to help prevent heel pain. Pacing yourself can also play an important role in keeping your heels healthy.

Not listening to your body

Your body is your best teacher. When you feel tired or if your muscles hurt, be sure to rest. Take frequent breaks when you’re walking, running, or standing a lot to ward off discomfort.

If you've been experiencing heel pain, we can determine the cause and develop a personalized treatment plan. Call our office at 928-445-4898 or click here to book an appointment today.

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