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Prairie Path Foot & Ankle Clinic

Heel pain can be avoided with some simple actions. Come see us at Prairie Path Foot and Ankle Clinic for a treatment plan to get rid of that heel pain!

Prevention is the best cure, espcially when it comes to heel pain.  There are a few tips to keep in mind in order to prevent heel pain from occurring, or once treated, prevent it from returning.

-Don't take it lightly! Pain will not go away by itself, and pain should never be ignored.  Once heel pain starts, it can get worse, if not treated right away.  You must seek treatment immediately, because the longer you wait, the longer it will take to rid yourself of pain. Topical pain relievers such as Biofreeze, oral anti inflammatories, along with other modalities will help, along with a comprehensive treatment plan from our doctors. 

-Never go barefoot.  Even at home, or at the beach, or on vacation, it is important to wear a supportive shoe or sandal.  One of the best supportive sandals on the market is the Spenco recovery sandal, which we recommend and carry at Prairie Path Foot and Ankle.  To prevent the collapse of the arch, you need proper arch support.  Spenco sandals have this feature, along with a deep heel cup and a metatarsal pad to help even distribution of weight along the ball of the foot.  And the colors and styles are great too.

-Beware of non supportive shoes.  Everyone loves a cute ballet flat or dress shoe, but without the proper support, you will regret wearing them.  It doesn't mean you can't wear them, but you may need additional support such as a custom orthotic, or and insert that fits in your shoe.  At Prairie Path Foot and Ankle Clinic, we carry Powersteps, which are the best non prescription inserts on the market.  As runners, moms, and women who like fashionable shoes, we have tried them all, and we can say from personal experience, Powersteps are the most superior. 

-Take baby steps back on the road to recovery.  Once you have gotten rid of heel pain, it's OK to throw yourself back into exercise with renewed vigor... but a little bit at a time.  Don't try to increase speed, distance, and intensity all at once.  Start off easy and work your way back.  

-See your podiatrist to help pave your way to recovery.  See the specialists at Prairie Path Foot and Ankle Clinic for diagnosis, a treatment plan, and prevention of heel pain.  We can discuss treatment options that will fix your problem. 

For more information, see our link on how to get rid of heel pain http://www.elmhurstfootdoc.com/faqs/what-exercises-can-i-do-to-help-get-rid-of-my-heel-pain-.cfm