Heel Pain Exercises; Pain Management, hygiene and medical procedures
Heel Pain Exercises and Pain Management
Do you have pain in your feet? How about swelling and tingling? If you have foot pain or other leg and foot problems, you may be considering different treatment methods. There are many treatment methods at your disposal, both medicinally and through medical procedures performed by specialists. You might also be able to treat your condition with heel pain exercises and compression socks. The Active Foot Store is ready to help with all your foot care needs.
Importance of Foot Hygiene and Medical Procedures
Medical foot procedures are those that a podiatrist or a foot specialist typically performs. Podiatrists specialize in foot care and the medical treatment of many foot conditions. Dr. Reingold is a board-certified podiatrist and the founder of The Active Foot Store. The staff at our facility are trained explicitly in expert shoe fitting and other services.
Of course, if you have foot pain, first consult your doctor. After they have diagnosed the problem and you’ve followed your doctor’s orders, you can likely try some heel pain exercises to treat your concerns and prevent them from getting worse. These exercises are very simple and do not require much effort on your part.
Rotating your foot at the ankle and pointing your toes up are good exercises to start with. Other exercises can include Achilles tendon stretches which your doctor can demonstrate for you. Your doctor can also go into further detail about any other exercises you need to perform for your unique condition.
Many foot conditions can be treated and prevented by simply keeping your feet clean and dry. Although most people lead busy lives and spend a lot of time standing or walking, proper care of our feet is often forgotten or neglected. Conditions like calluses, corns, bunions, and fungus infections can come from neglected care of your feet. Cleaning and drying your feet should be a part of your daily routine to prevent these problems and more.
Other Foot Care Practices
At The Active Foot Store, we use other foot care techniques, like personalized shoe fitting and medical-style pedicures. Shoe fitting is especially critical in preventing and treating conditions like hammer toe and plantar fasciitis. However, your doctor may recommend other treatments for unique foot conditions, such as bursitis.
What Is Hammer Toe and Plantar Fasciitis?
These two conditions can cause you foot pain and discomfort. Hammer toe is a condition that causes your second biggest toe to become permanently bent downward. The knuckle also curls up, and while you may not feel any pain at first, it will eventually become painful, especially when you try to straighten your toe.
You may also feel pain from corns or calluses that form on top of your foot from the inside of your shoe rubbing it while you walk. Wearing shoes that are too small or too narrow can cause hammer toe. People with longer toes than others and people with rheumatoid arthritis are at a higher risk of developing this condition.
Plantar fasciitis is a condition where the plantar fascia in your foot becomes irritated and inflamed. The plantar fascia is a band of tissue that connects your heel to your toes. It’s one of the most common causes of heel pain. Treatment often includes stretching, night splints, and/or custom orthotics to help support this area of your foot.
How Can Compression Socks Help?
Compression socks or stockings can also help and treat many foot conditions. Common foot conditions and symptoms include swelling, fluid buildup in the legs, blood clots, varicose veins, thrombosis, and ulcers. Compression socks can help improve the blood flow to your legs and feet, which will aid in the treatment and prevention of these symptoms and foot conditions.
Your compression socks should be snug to your skin but not too tight that they become uncomfortable. If you wear them all day, except when you bathe and sleep, you can find the most relief from your pain and other symptoms. Take care of these socks by hand-washing them regularly. People with diabetes and arthritis or pregnant women can benefit the most from wearing compression socks.
You can often find relief from foot pain and discomfort by regularly washing and drying your feet, performing heel pain exercises, and wearing compression socks. Of course, for severe conditions, you should consult your doctor and follow their exact directions for treatment. But if you’re looking for common foot care tips, look into the services we offer at The Active Foot Store.