If you have pain in your heel, you may not be able to return to the intensity of activities that gave you the problem. When you’re an avid marathoner or just added speed workouts into your training, this could be bad news. However, think of your injury in a good light: it could be opening you up to new ways to work out and get involved in the community. In fact, a walk around the Downtown Edmond Arts Festival May 2-4 may be just the relaxing rehabilitation you need for your heel pain.
You’re probably experiencing this issue because you increased your running mileage by too much, wore improper footwear, or have a poor foot structure like flatfeet. Either way, heel pain occurs most often from plantar fasciitis, an overuse injury. This happens when the tissue, or plantar fascia, that connects your heel to your toes develops tiny tears, becomes damaged, and thickens. The discomfort is the worst when you get out of bed in the morning and after you’ve been sitting for a while.
When you first feel these problems, rest and ice your feet. If you freeze a water bottle, you can roll your arch over it for 20 minutes every day. You also need to stretch your muscles to warm up the area and prevent it from becoming stiff. This might be a good time to embrace the opportunity to try cross training. Low-impact activities, like swimming or riding a bike, still keep you active and in shape. These exercises will strengthen other areas of your body that you may be neglecting when you stick to the same workout every day.
If the pain keeps pace with your regimen, give us a call at (405) 285-7408. At Edmond/Norman Foot & Ankle Clinic, we specialize in laser therapy for this problem and can also suggest other treatment. Let Bil Buksh, DPM, provide you with the best care in Central Oklahoma and get you back to doing what you love!
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