Heel Pain 101

Is Your Job Hard on Your Heels?

Many people work at jobs that put a lot of pressure on their feet. Many jobs require hours of standing, sometimes on hard surfaces like concrete floors. Some jobs require a lot of lifting, stooping, and bending, which puts pressure on your feet and heels as well. 

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What is Dry Needling?

Dry needling is a procedure that can be performed for chronic plantar fasciitis. It is usually only used as a treatment option after more conservative treatment options have failed to relieve your heel pain.  

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What is a Plantar Callus?

A plantar callus is a callus that develops on the bottom of the foot, usually in the heel area. The callus occurs due to one metatarsal bone being longer or lower than the others. The placement of the metatarsal bone causes it to hit the ground when walking with more force than the bone is made to deal with, causing the skin beneath the bone to thicken. 

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Should I Use Over-the-Counter Inserts for Heel Pain?

This is a great question and it is one podiatrists hear all the time. Patients want to know if they should buy those shoe inserts they see advertised on television and hanging on the racks at their local drugstore. They also want to know if those inserts will actually work. 

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What Are Orthotics?

You may have heard about orthotics and how they can help to relieve heel pain. Orthotics can be helpful in treating many foot problems including plantar fasciitis, tendinitis, calluses and heel fissures, and more.  

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Getting Custom Orthotics

If you have heel pain, you may have tried over-the-counter shoe inserts. There are many over-the-counter inserts available, but over-the-counter inserts are typically not as effective in treating heel pain as custom orthotics. That is because custom orthotics are made specifically for you. Specifically for your foot. 

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