The feet are responsible for carrying the weight of the entire body. Everyday routines like walking, jumping, running and exercising take a toll on both the ankle and the heel over a period of time. Swelling, soreness, and irritation are common complaints most patients have.
Common Injuries and Treatments
The podiatrist treat ankle and heel injuries all the time but a home remedy might be able to relieve the stress until an office visit can be acquired. Ankle sprains are not serious unless a ligament is torn or the fibula is broken.
Home Remedies for Ankle or Heel Injuries
Most ankle sprains damages the soft tissue and requires the patient to use R.I.C.E. rest, ice, compression and elevation. This is the best home remedy for treating soft tissue injury.
Achilles tendonitis affects the calf muscle leading to the heels. Self treatment works if the symptoms are attended to early. The treatment for this condition is also R.I.C.E. When self-treatment does not relieve the pain or reduce the swelling, the next step is to visit a Podiatrist.
An ingrown toenail is troublesome to anyone who develops one, to say the least. They are unsightly, painful, and make wearing shoes, an all out obstacle of your day.
Ingrown nails usually target the large toenail, and are a result of wearing shoes that are too tight around the toenails, not cutting the nail properly, injury, or illness that affects toe circulation, such as diabetes. Sometimes it’s inevitable as some people have toenails too large for their toes, or have naturally downward growing nails.
The ingrown toenail is a result of the nail growing into the soft flesh surrounding the nail-bed, by growing at a curve, usually downwards. The result of it growing into the surrounding flesh, results in swelling, sensitivity, and pain. At this point, one needs to take action to attempt solving the problem them self before it gets worse and could infect the underlying bone.
You’ve been dealing with this pain for weeks, so now it’s time to ask the question – why does plantar fasciitis hurt so bad?
A thick band of tissue on the bottom of the foot called plantar fascia connects the toes to the heel. It forms the arch of the foot. When stretched or overused, little tears may occur in the fascia and result in inflammation. This can cause extreme, intense pain in the heel that can become so severe ordinary walking is difficult.
The most severe pain occurs in the morning with the first step of the day after there have been a few hours of immobilization. The pain is usually described as “stabbing.” Climbing stairs or any type of vigorous activity exacerbates the pain.
People that are most at risk for this condition are those that wear improper shoes and put intense stress on the foot by running or dancing. Being overweight is also a risk factor. Working at a job that requires standing all day also increases the likelihood of plantar fasciitis.