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Heel pain prevention tips. For part of the #podshealheels campaign 2020, 3rd February for 2 weeks ๐Ÿ‘

Itโ€™s time for the #podshealheels campaign 2020, 3rd February for 2 weeks ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ˜€

A part of my role as a Podiatrist is to provide advice, tips and education.

So, I thought Iโ€™d write a blog post for the #podshealheels campaign and prevention is key so I want to provide some tips and advice.

Heel pain can be very painful and debilitating so why not try to prevent it in the first place.

Podiatrists deal with heel pain

I have 3 main tips for heel pain prevention:

1. Footwear

The shoes you wear can play a large part in foot problems.

You need shoes with cushion support. Just think, with each step you take, cushioned support can reduce the amount of force going through your feet. This in turn can help reduce the stress placed on the tissue of your heal. Therefore, minimising the risk of heel pain! Ta-da!

I have added some tips on how to choose the right shoes for you, As an individual.

Footwear choice is important

2. Weight management and a balanced diet

Our feet carry the whole weight of our body and the more we weigh the more our feet have to endure. We may experience a number of foot problems as a result, such as heel pain and excessive weight may exacerbate those problems such as bunions. Think of that foot stress! ๐Ÿ™

I have some useful tips re foot health and nutrition on another blog post here:โ€“-you-are-what-you-eat

Please head on overโ€ฆ.As the saying goes, you are what you eat โ€“ in reality everything we put in our bodies will affect it one way or another.

Eating a balanced diet can help your body to maintain its important functions such as healing and also lower your risk of chronic injury. Minor trauma in your heels can then be helped, as well as preventing chronic heel pain.

Weight management and a balanced diet are important

3. Increase exercise gradually

Exercise should be introduced and increased gradually. Your body will get a good shock if you suddenly go from zero to full on exercise. Bear in mind, the tissues in your body are currently used to the level of exercise you do, so to suddenly increase the intensity or duration, you may injure the soft tissues. Gradual increase in exercise can therefore help to prevent heel pain

Start small and build up, every little helps ๐Ÿ‘ฃ๐Ÿ‘ฃ๐Ÿ‘ฃ๐Ÿ‘ฃ

So, now you have some tips, please try them out. If you do happen to already have heel pain, your #podiatrist should be your first port of call. Donโ€™t suffer in silence as there are various possible, fixable reasons for heel pain. I can offer assessment, treatment, further foot education and advice. Get in touch here:

Update on 16th February, for the final day of the campaign I have wrote another blog post "What is heel pain? What can be done? Final day of the #podshealheels campaign! ๐Ÿ‘ฃ๐Ÿ‘ฃ๐Ÿ‘ฃ" .Please find it here -

A massage ball may provide heel pain relief

Lynn, #podiatrist (#chiropodist) in #sunderland

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