Are you having Heel Pain?
Approximately 50% of the population will experience pain in the heel at some time in their life.Click here to learn about this common problem
Are you having Heel Pain?
Approximately 50% of the population will experience pain in the heel at some time in their life. Heel pain is most frequently caused by plantar fasciitis.
What Is Plantar Fasciitis?
Plantar fasciitis is an inflammation of the band of tissue (the plantar fascia) that extends from the heel to the toes. The fascia first becomes irritated and then inflamed from over stretching, resulting in heel pain.
People with flat feet or high-arched feet, are more likely to develop plantar fasciitis. Wearing non-supportive footwear on hard, flat floors puts a great strain on the plantar fascia and can also lead to plantar fasciitis. People who spend long hours on the feet are more commonly affected by this painful condition. Being overweight may also contribute to plantar fasciitis.
People with plantar fasciitis often describe the pain as worse when they get up in the morning or after they’ve been sitting for long periods of time. After a few minutes of walking the pain decreases, because walking stretches the fascia. For some people the pain subsides but returns after spending long periods of time on their feet.
What you can try at home:
- Stretching exercises; exercises that stretch out the calf muscles will help ease pain.
- Avoid going barefoot; when you walk without shoes, you put undue strain and stress on your plantar fascia.
- Ice. Putting an ice pack on your heel for 20 minutes several times a day helps reduce inflammation. Place a thin towel between the ice and your heel; do not apply ice directly to skin.
- Limit activities. Cut down on extended physical activities to give your heel a rest.
- Wearing supportive shoes that have good arch support and a slightly raised heel reduces stress on the plantar fascia.
If after 2-3 weeks of these measures you find there is no improvement, consult your doctor.
Who Can Benefit From Nursing Foot Care?
People from all walks of life can benefit, we all depend on our feet to keep us mobile. People who spend long hours on their feet could benefit from a relaxing foot care treatment and suggestions for improved foot health and comfort. Ongoing foot care maintenance is important for those with poor eyesight, diseases such as poor circulation, stroke, dementia, arthritis, joint problems, foot pain or other conditions that prevent people from being able to care safely for their own feet.
Consultation and Assessment
Professional foot care begins with a thorough nursing assessment of the client's feet and includes a health questionnaire and visual inspection. Our Foot Care Nurses are trained in Advanced and Diabetic Foot Care, we are able to care for specific foot care problems such as corns, calluses, ingrown toe nails, thickened and hard to cut nails, cracked heels, and fungal nails. After assessing your feet, we will design a personalized foot care program specific to your needs. We can also offer suggestions for keeping your feet more comfortable between visits.
Diabetic Foot Care
Ongoing foot care is extremely important for people with diabetes. Some of the effects of the disease increase the risk of foot problems and also increase the likelihood of complications. Regular assessment and proper diabetic foot care can decrease the risk of serious foot problems.