Did you know that the stress placed on your foot when walking may be approximately 1.25 times your body weight --and even more when running? When you think about this impact on your foot, you may not immediately think about your heel, but it absorbs this impact when it hits the ground and then springs you forward into your next stride. As a result, it’s vulnerable to damage and foot pain. If you’re looking for heel pain relief, there is a procedure that can help you.
What Causes Heel Pain?
Heel pain is a foot problem that occurs on the bottom of the heel or even in the arch of the foot. If you jog regularly or are between 40 to 60 years of age, you may be more likely to have heel pain. The pain can gradually increase over time.
The most common causes of heel pain are plantar fasciitis and Achilles tendonitis. Plantar fasciitis is the inflammation of the plantar fascia ligament that connects your heel to the tip of your foot. When this ligament is stretched too far, the soft tissue fibers become inflamed.
Achilles tendonitis is an overuse injury of the Achilles tendon, the band of tissue that connects the calf muscles at the back of the lower leg to your heel bone.
Factors that increase your risk of experiencing heel pain are:
- Being overweight
- Strenuous exercise
- Wearing shoes that don’t fit right or that don’t offer adequate support
- Standing for long periods of time
- Foot misalignment
How to Get Heel Pain Relief
Foot misalignment is often an issue people don’t realize they have, but it contributes to many common foot problems like heel pain. Your foot is out of alignment because of the collapse of the ankle onto the heel.
There is a treatment called HyProCure® that can bring you heel pain relief by correcting this misalignment. It’s a minimally invasive procedure – meaning it’s done by making a very small incision -- that places a titanium stent into the naturally occurring space between the ankle bone and heel bone called the sinus tarsi. This keeps the talus – the bone above the sinus tarsi – in a stable position as nature intended, and keeps your ankle bone from sliding forward and off your heel bone, helping your heel pain and also keeping the rest of your body in its natural alignment.
Of the 26 bones in the human foot, the heel bone is the largest, which means you’ll be greatly impacted when experiencing heel pain – and even more so if you get heel pain relief with HyProCure®.
Find out if you’re a candidate today!
Contact the best podiatrists in NYC at Adler Footcare. We have been designated as a Center of Excellence for HyProCure® implantation, by the Graham International Implant Institute, because of the safety, expertise and experience offered to patients. We believe feet shouldn’t hurt and neither should their treatment.