Preventing heel pain isn’t difficult, but it does involve time and investment in your lower limbs. Different underlying issues can lead to uncomfortable heels, but adjusting your shoes and performing some stretches and exercises can help prevent the problem. Make sure you wear supportive footwear with cushioned soles and replace worn pairs. You may need orthotics to correct or control any biomechanical weaknesses. Try stretching your feet every day to work the tissues attached to your heel. Wall stretches, calf raises, plantar stretches, and toe exercises alternately relax and work those tissues that affect your hindfoot.
Don’t wait until your feet are deeply uncomfortable to take care of them. Preventing heel pain before it starts is easier on your body than dealing with injuries. If you’d like help avoiding a foot problem, or are already struggling with discomfort, contact Sierra Foot & Ankle for an appointment or more information. You can reach us by calling (775) 783-8037 or using the online contact page.