Heel Pain Treatment and Changes
Pain is never “normal.” When it occurs, it is a sign that something needs to change.
For a runner, we must ensure we fully understand the condition and its causes before moving on to treatments and recommendations. This means not only conducting a full physical evaluation, but talking with you to determine additional factors surrounding the situation. We might ask questions like:
- How long have you been running?
- How often do you run each week, and for how long?
- Does your pain flare up during running? After running? The next day? Or is it consistent?
- Have you had any recent changes in your life (such as gaining or losing a significant amount of weight, or a change in the physical demands of your work)?
It can also be extremely helpful to bring an old pair of running shoes with you to your appointment. We can glean a wealth of information by studying the treads and general wear on them.
Once we have a solid understanding of the circumstances around the problem, we can recommend a comprehensive course of treatment. Potential treatments and changes might include one or more of the following:
- Specific stretches and exercises to better condition certain areas.
- Changes in your footwear.
- Changes in the frequency and intensity of your running.
- Incorporating cross-training and/or lower impact exercise into an overall routine.
- The use of custom orthotics to shift excess forces away from troubled areas.
- Shockwave therapy to promote pain relief and faster healing.
And yes, you may even need to greatly reduce your activity or be on full rest for a temporary period of time to allow your body to heal. While nobody enjoys hearing that, it is often part of the ideal way to return strong and greatly reduce your risks of reinjury or chronic problems.
So Can You Still Run with Heel Pain?
The answer to this question is that yes, you may still be able to run with heel pain—but there are some big qualifiers here.
If you are receiving the proper treatment for your heel pain, then running under certain conditions can be all right. But you must make certain you are following all the treatment instructions you are provided, and that you have been cleared to run.
Our ultimate goal is that you reach a point where you can run again with no pain whatsoever, and not have to worry about worse problems down the line. Investing in rest and time for treatment now might be frustrating, but the long-term results are usually worth it. Delaying care usually just means a longer and more difficult recovery later.
Let us help you get back to what you love as quickly and as safely as possible. Call our Milford office at (203) 876-7736, our Hamden office at (203) 288-4055, or fill out our online contact form to reach us. If you would prefer to have your first consultation with us remotely over video, we can gladly accommodate you via a telemedicine appointment.