It totally annoyed me after having my first son when my doctor told me "9 months up, 9 months down"...she was speaking of course about my weight gain.  No one ever told me that before I got pregnant!  I had envisioned coming home from the hospital in my skinny jeans.  Oh, I am not joking, they were in my suitcase!

So today I am going to tell you BEFORE your heel pain becomes a BIG problem, how to get it to go away.  Maybe right now you are just waking up with a little pain in your heel, sort of working it out with the first few steps.  Or maybe after a run the bottom of your foot feels a little tight.  You are thinking, I will stretch and ice and it will go away.  It just might!

Experience tells me it probably won't!  I had a patient in the office today for her second visit, she has been seeing me less than a month and he pain is 85% improved.  She asked me "Dr McNeill, why did my pain go away so quickly?  My friend has been dealing with it for years."  The answer is simple....this particular patient came to see me when she had only had that twinge in her heel occasionally.  Her symptoms had only been present for 6 weeks.  Most patients come to me when they have had pain for 6 months...or worse yet, 6 years!! 

We have a great protocol at our office and most of our patients are 60-80% better after just 3 weeks of treatment.  The interesting thing is that the ones that linger are those who have had it for more than 9 months.  Just so happens it was the same as my weight gain (aka first pregnancy!)

So I know we are all busy and don't always have time to take care of ourselves.  Don't let yourself be 9 months of pain, and 9 months of treatment! 


Dr. Misty McNeill
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