Heel pain is a common ailment and usually easy to treat.
Heel pain usually occurs on the bottom of your heel or on the back of your heel. It can mean curtailing physical activities for a while, but usually heel pain is not a serious condition.
Heel pain can occur suddenly or happen gradually. The most common causes of heel pain are plantar fasciitis and Achilles tendinitis, but other causes are also possible. If you are experiencing heel pain, take time to consider how and where it hurts as well as how long you have had pain. If the pain lingers even when you are not on your foot, or the heel pain lasts longer than a couple of weeks, and you’ve tried some home health remedies, then schedule an appointment for your podiatrist or orthopedic surgeon.
You should see your doctor as soon as possible if you have any of the following symptoms:
- Swelling or severe pain
- Can’t point or flex your foot
- Numbness or tingling in your heel
- Intense pain right after an injury.
Home healthcare remedies may help diminish or completely remove your heal pain.
Try an over-the-counter medicine to reduce any inflammation and pain.
Rest your feet. As much as you are able, avoid standing or walking on hard surfaces. If you are a walker or runner, take a break from your workouts for a while to allow your heels to recover.
Icing your sore heels should also help. Use an ice pack on your heel or heels three times a day for 20 minutes each.
Avoid high heels or shoes that fit poorly. There are shoe stores designed for those who have foot issues. You can get fitted properly for shoes as well as get gel packs and other orthotics to help ease heel pain. If you are a runner or other athlete, consider going to an athletic store to get sized and fitted for appropriate shoes for your activity.