Should I Walk If My Heel Hurts?

Heel pain and its causes can range from minor to severe problems that can impact how you live your life.

Some people are tough and think that they can walk off the pain. However, in some instances, that could make your problem worse. It’s better to take the necessary precautions to allow yourself to heal properly.

Keep reading to learn more about heel pain and what you should do about it.

Common Causes of Heel Pain

There could be many reasons why you are experiencing heel pain. Those include:

  • Plantar fasciitis – occurs when you damage your plantar fascia ligament, causing pain and stiffness.
  • Sprains and strains – injuries to the body, often resulting from physical activity. These injuries are common but can be minor or severe, depending on how you hurt your heel.
  • Fracture – a broken bone; considered a medical emergency; may require urgent care.
  • Achilles tendonitis – occurs when the tendon that attaches the calf muscles to the heel becomes painful or inflamed, an overuse injury.
  • Bursitis – bursae are fluid-filled sacks found around your joints. They surround the areas where tendons, skin, and muscle tissues meet bones.

How To Treat Heel Pain

  • Rest as much as possible
  • Apply ice to your heel for 10 to 15 minutes two to three times a day
  • Take over-the-counter pain medication
  • Wear properly fitted shoes
  • Wear a night splint
  • Use heel lifts or shoe inserts

When To See a Doctor

See a doctor if you’ve taken the conservative steps to treat your heel pain at home and it doesn’t improve in two to three weeks.

Call a doctor immediately if:

  • Your pain is severe
  • The pain starts suddenly
  • Your heel turns red
  • You have swelling in your heel
  • The pain makes it impossible to walk

The Foot & Ankle Center

Heel pain should not be taken lightly. Even a minor inconvenience can turn into something much worse if left unaddressed.

If you are experiencing heel pain, contact The Foot & Ankle Center today! Our doctors are trained to diagnose and treat various foot-related ailments. You know you’ll be in good hands with our expert care.

Call us at (314) 487-9300 or visit our website to request an appointment. We can’t wait to help!