Heel Pain When You’re Hard at Work

Dr. Corey Fox
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Director of Massapequa Podiatry Associates

Man sitting in front of computer at work, overlooking skylineThe odds of you having feet are pretty good, and that means you could develop heel pain at some point in your life. In fact, it’s entirely possible you’re currently living with a condition causing pain at this very moment. Contrary to a popular misconception, this is not a normal situation – heel pain is a problem that can keep you away from favorite activities and make a long day at work seem even longer!

If this sounds like a problem you have, Massapequa Podiatry Associates can help! We have an array of advanced treatment options to take away the pain and get you back to your favorite activities in the shortest amount of time possible.

There are times, however, when you can’t rush right out to see us. A prime example of this is when you have heel pain during a workday and are unable to leave. Let’s take a look at what you can do in this kind of situation. As a starting point, we should discuss why heel pain is so common. By doing so, you can see why we recommend certain treatments and understand how they help.

A major reason for heel pain is the structure of the heel. The heel bone (calcaneus) has two very important connective tissues anchored to it. The Achilles tendon comes down from the bottom of the calf muscle and connects in the back. The plantar fascia is anchored to the bottom of the heel bone and connects it to the front of the foot. When damaged, these tissues cause Achilles tendinitis and plantar fasciitis (respectively) – two of the most common sources of heel pain.

One treatment option that is particularly appropriate when you’re on the job is nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like acetaminophen, ibuprofen, and naproxen. The pain-relieving properties of these medications is certainly important, but so too is their ability to relive inflammation in the injured tissue. Not sure which is right for you? Contact our office and we can provide recommendations for dosage and type.

In addition to medication, you may be able to find relief from heel pain with stretching exercises, shoe inserts, or even custom orthotics. Not all jobs provide the opportunity to stretch during the day, but doing so increases the limberness of tight tissues. Shoe orthotics and orthotics can be used to reposition the foot into better positioning to take away tension from the Achilles tendon and/or plantar fascia.

Heel pain doesn’t particularly care if you’re on the clock or not. When it strikes, you need to deal with the injury. If you’ve tried taking care of the pain on your own, but haven’t found success, let us help.

Massapequa Podiatry Associates provides exceptional foot care services—including advanced treatment for heel pain—for patients from across Long Island (and beyond!). Contact us today to find out why so many of your neighbors make us their first choice in foot care. Take advantage of our online form to connect with us right now or simply give us a call at (516) 541-9000.

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