Heel pain affects millions of Americans every day. Fortunately, there are an array of conservative treatment options to resolve the issues responsible for painful symptoms. Even better, there are ways to prevent heel pain from developing in the first place.
The actual preventative measures will depend on the root source of heel pain you are looking to avoid. In the case of soft tissue injuries like plantar fasciitis and Achilles tendinitis, these techniques will include stretching on a regular basis, wearing appropriate footwear (especially if you are physically active), and warming up before activity. To prevent stress fractures in your heel bone, you should avoid performing too much high-impact activity—we recommend cross-training with low-impact activities as a great way to lower injury risk—and make sure you ease into new exercises and physical activities.
For adolescents, a common cause of heel pain is Sever’s disease. Unfortunately, this results from a difference in growth processes between the heel and Achilles tendon, so prevention isn’t completely possible, but limiting activity can help.
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