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Avoiding Heel Pain

Heel pain is the most common condition leading patients to both our Roanoke and Blacksburg offices. Pregnancy, improper shoes, and overly strenuous exercise are some of the factors contributing to heel pain. Any heel pain that persists for more than a week should be evaluated by one of our podiatrists. To avoid heel pain, always consult a podiatrist before beginning any exercise program, especially if you have been inactive for a long time. Start any exercise program with moderation, gradually increasing the duration and intensity of your workouts.

Always stretch before and after exercise including calves and Achilles tendon. Vary the incline on a treadmill to avoid heel strain. Maintain properly fitting shoes in good condition, wearing appropriate shoes for various activities. When your feet cause you pain, there are many steps you can take to get relief. The first, and probably most important, is a visit to the podiatrist. If heel pain or any other foot problems have got you down, let us do what we do best- diagnose and treat the problem so you’re back on your feet quickly!