Avoid Heel Pain With These 5 Tips

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For those of you who are on your feet all day, you’re probably not surprised that they feel sore. A good foot rub works just fine for a while, but have you ever thought of putting an end to your pain instead of just temporarily calming it? Today, our podiatrists, Dr. Stuart Snyder and Dr. Sara Sharma of Maple Springs Foot Center, LLC are sharing 5 preventative tips to help you avoid heel pain. 

Tip #1: Make sure your shoes fit correctly. This may sound strange, but people sometimes make unnecessary concessions when it comes to their feet. Studies show that incorrectly-sized shoes are associated with ankle pain. So, make sure when shopping for shoes that you follow the advice of the salespeople who are helping you. 

Tip #2: Dress for the event. Try to always wear proper shoes for the occasion – your favorite pair of cowboy boots will not always be the best choice. Wear dance shoes for dancing and cleats for outdoor sports to provide traction on grass and dirt. Without enough support, you will surely feel the pain in your ankles the following day. 

Tip #3: Stretch and exercise. Taking the time each day to work on your flexibility and stretch can improve your range of motion and relieve any discomfort you may be feeling.  

Tip #4: Don’t walk barefoot. Walking barefoot on hard surfaces actually causes heel pain in some people. Sure, you want to take off your shoes after a long day of work, but remember that shoes both support and comfort your feet.  

Tip #5: Look into custom orthotics. Orthotics refers to any device inserted into a shoe, and they can be a lifesaver. Sometimes referred to as arch supports, orthotics allow people to walk, run and stand more comfortably.  

If you are experiencing a toothache, you go to the dentist, not to the drug store. Why should it be any different when you have heel pain? The average person waits weeks, if not months, before scheduling an appointment with their podiatrist to determine what is causing their pain. Don’t be that person!  If you are experiencing any pain in your feet, contact the offices of Dr. Stuart Snyder and Dr. Sara Sharma of Maple Springs Foot Center, LLC today. You can call us at (301) 762-3338 to schedule an appointment or book it online.