At a time of the year when spending time with family, doing for others and eating big meals, there are few of us who are surprised when we put on a few pounds. Even though Mother Nature treats us a little better than other parts of the country it is definitely not as pleasant for walking and running outside as the rest of the year. It is an unfortunate fact, but those few extra pounds may be the source of heel pain. On the same note, a survey by the American Podiatric Medical Association indicates that foot pain, of which heel pain is a large component, causes many Americans to gain weight due to lack of activity.
This can often become a compounding problem. The more weight you gain, the more heel pain you may have, and the more heel pain you have the less likely you are to exercise those pounds away. While there are a variety of exercises, such as swimming and biking, that are not limited by heel pain, we must admit that for most of us these options are not as easy as walking or running. Strapping on a good pair of running shoes and taking a lap or two through your neighborhood is about as easy as it gets. Remembering to do proper stretching of your feet, especially the plantar fascia, as well as your legs can help to keep them loose. Heel pain can often be the result of tight ligaments and muscles. Foot pain can quickly limit this and should not be ignored.
This can be a very demanding time of the year. The last thing you need is heel pain limiting your activity. An evaluation by Austin Foot and Ankle Specialists can identify the source of your heel pain and get you back to your activities pain-free. There are many different causes of heel pain beyond weight gain and tight tendons so a thorough evaluation is necessary to avoid more serious problems. A variety of treatments are available through your Austin podiatrist. Don’t delay in having your heels feeling good for the holidays!