Heel Problems FAQs
Q) How can I treat cracked heels?
A) Cracked heels are more than a minor cosmetic problem. They can become painful to walk on, can bleed, and are at risk for infection. Treat them by making a consistent and diligent effort to keep your feet moisturized. Use a heavy, rich moisturizing cream to rub into your skin. (A home mixture of equal parts glycerin and rose water works well.) It is best to do this right after showering. In the evening, you can also apply petroleum jelly onto your heels and wear Saran Wrap to bed so it can soak in overnight. Avoid harsh soaps and going barefoot whenever possible. Wear supportive, comfortable shoes that will ease pressure off your heels.
If your condition does not improve or you notice any signs of infection, please contact Dr. Tejas Pandya as soon as possible. Contact our Troy, NY office at (518) 273-0053.
Q) Why do my heels hurt first thing in the morning?
A) There are two common reasons for morning heel pain. If it occurs at the back of your heel, you may have developed a condition called Achilles tendonitis—an inflammation of the Achilles tendon. If the pain is under your heel bone, it is likely you have injured the plantar fascia. This is the band of tissue that runs along the bottom of your foot from your toes and attaches into your heel bone. Repeated stress can cause micro-tears in this tissue and bring on significant pain and inflammation.
In these situations the reason the pain is worse in the morning is that the tendons tend to contract during periods of rest. Standing up on your feet again causes a sudden stretching and pulling on the injured ligament.
This kind of pain often gets worse without treatment. Contact Capital District Podiatry so Dr. Tejas Pandya can diagnose the source of the pain and start the treatment you need to get rid of it. Call our Troy, NY office at (518) 273-0053.
Q) Can orthotics help my heel pain?
A) Orthotics are special inserts that fit right inside your shoe. They are flexible, strong, and durable so you can move freely and continue an active lifestyle. They are effective in treating heel pain, a common foot complaint that can arise from a number of different causes. Discomfort in the heel can be due to plantar fasctiis, a heel spur, overuse, Achilles tendonitis, or even a stress fracture. An orthotic can be effective at heel pain prevention by providing extra cushioning for shock absorption that takes some of the impact off the heel bone. They are customized to match the contour of your feet and will provide support and stability exactly where you need it. They can control abnormal motion in your foot that may be causing the pain and truly improve its function.
If you are dealing with nagging heal pain, contact Dr. Tejas Pandya at Capital District Podiatry to discuss whether orthotics may be an effective treatment option. After we identify the cause of your pain, we can tailor a treatment plan to resolve your symptoms and get you back on your feet. Call our offices in Troy and Clifton Park, NY at (518) 273-0053 for an appointment today.