Heel pain is most often caused by a condition called plantar fasciitis. This condition, which when becomes inflamed can lead to heel pain, is common and will go away with proper treatment. Here are some tips to help you treat your plantar fasciitis pain:
Use an ice pack. Not only will this help to reduce swelling and inflammation, but it will help to alleviate any pain you may be experiencing.
Rest your feet. Be sure to try to stay off of your feet as much as possible. This is especially important when you are experiencing pain or discomfort in the heels.
Take pain reliever. An over-the-counter pain reliever, such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen can help to reduce pain and swelling. However, you should always consult with your podiatrist before taking a pain reliever and to determine which is best for your particular situation.
Stretch your foot. By stretching and exercising your feet, especially the plantar fasciitis, you can better assure that your feet are ready fro your particular exercise, as well as help to strengthen them.
Wear the appropriate footwear. Footwear is always key in preventing, as well as treating foot and ankle issues, including plantar fasciitis. If you have inserts in your shoes, be sure to make the appropriate adjustments, raising the heel and supporting the arches of your feet.
Walk on flat surfaces. While this may an impossible task at times, it is important to avoid walking on bumpy or uneven surfaces, especially since these can aggravate or hurt your plantar fasciitis issue even more.
If you are experiencing an issue with your feet or ankles, including plantar fasciitis, contact the Foot and Ankle Specialists of Illinois today.