Do You Depend on Heat Rubs to Walk?

Do You Depend on Heat Rubs to Walk?

Every morning, before you get out of bed, do you slap on some Metsal or Dencorub on your heels or foot before you set them down for the day? Are you wearing Eu De Methyl Salicylate every day, and you need a change of scent? If you are suffering from heel pain, you need a better solution than just using creams for pain relief. Instead of using temporary relief methods to keep the pain at bay, perhaps you should think about what is causing the pain.

The body is trying to tell you that there is an issue with your feet by sending you pain signals around that area. The pain when you walk could be related to the muscles of your feet being no longer able to support the impact and your weight, or the sharp back of the heel pain could be due to your running shoes. Either reason, it is worth having them checked out by a podiatrist like us.

How Does It Work

The active ingredients in muscle creams are methyl salicylate and capsaicin. Methyl salicylate has a similar structure to aspirin, and so it has slight anti- inflammatory action when you rub on the painful area. And both are counter-irritants: they distract your brain from the pain of injury by introducing a new irritant. Capsaicin produces heat, while methyl salicylate is a minor irritant that causes redness. They are both generally safe products, unless you are allergic to the compounds.

Overusing the cream and still cause problems. Salicylate toxicity is a rare occurrence, but too much cream can cause you to suffer from toxicity. Common side effects are the warm sensation on the skin, to distract your brain from feeling pain; but when you over use it, symptoms of toxicity are vomiting, ringing in the ears and hyperventilating. This is an emergency situation where you need to present to hospital immediately.

Better Ways to Walk Pain Free

We might still encourage you to use the heat rubs to soothe the pain, healing takes time and effort. If you are seeking a better solution than slapping on cream every three to four hours, we have Extracorporeal shockwave, a machine that generates short energy waves to help relief pain. You may need to come into the clinic for at most twice a week, but studies have shown that it is as effective as cortisone injections, and is certainly less invasive and less risk to you.

If you are sick of smelling like your grandparent, come in and we can help you with your feet issues. We can help you pinpoint the cause of your feet pain, and help you go on a journey towards a pain free journey on foot.