Heel Pain

heelPainHeel pain is usually focused on the underside or the back of your heel. If your pain is on the underside of your heel, its likely cause is plantar fasciitis. Pain on the back of your heel, where the Achilles tendon attaches to the heel bone, is Achilles tendinitis. Although heel pain is rarely a symptom of a serious condition, it can interfere with your normal activities, particularly exercise.

heelPainHelpIf you develop heel pain, you can try several methods at home to ease your discomfort. For example:

  • rest as much as possible
  • apply ice to the heel for 10 to 15 minutes twice a day
  • use over-the-counter pain medications
  • wear shoes that fit properly
  • wear a night splint, a special device that stretches the foot while you sleep
  • use heel lifts or shoe inserts to reduce pain

In many cases, your doctor may prescribe physical therapy. This can help to strengthen the muscles and tendons in your foot, which helps to prevent further injury. You might also benefit from a pair of custom orthotics.   These biomechanical medical appliances are custom made to correct your specific foot imbalance. Custom orthotics work on your feet much like glasses work on your eyes – they reduce stress and strain on your body by bringing your feet back into proper alignment.