How To Care For Heel Pain
As the most common form of heel pain, strains such as Plantar Fasciitis can largely be treated at home. Treatment for heel pain is focused on preventative measures and pain management, including the following:
Pain Relief – Over the counter anti-inflammatory medication, such as ibroprofen, will temporarily manage the pain if you are experiencing acute heel pain or the stabbing sensation is prolonged.
Supportive Footwear – FootActive orthotic inserts are designed by Podiatrists and are NHS recommended for providing effective heel pain relief. These insoles will support the longitudinal arch and the transverse arch with cushioning for shock absorption. The insoles will raise the heel and reduce the stress on the tendon. This is a low-cost and efficient way to combat heel pain, as it does not interrupt your daily routine or prevent you from enjoying physical activity. Plantar Fascia insoles also help with other foot health concerns and are a long-term solution for heel pain.
Ice & Rest Rotations – This easy cure-all method will reduce the swelling or inflammation of heel pain. It is a more temporary-solution, but if you find your heel pain only occurs after a long-day on your feet, you might find this method beneficial. If you feel the need to use this form of heel pain treatment regularly, it is advised that you consider long-term solutions, such as insoles or consult your podiatrist.
Physical Therapy – You can complete courses or watch videos of physical conditioning that strengthen the tendon and muscles in your feet, reducing your heel pain. Exercises will focus on the Plantar Fascia, Achilles tendon and lower leg muscles (soleus & gastrocnemius).
Medical Intervention – Sometimes, if the pain persists and becomes acute enough that it stops you from working and minimises your movement, your doctor may decide to use steroid injections for pain relief. This will only be an option in very serious (and very few) cases as it risks rupturing the tendon.
As a last resort, your doctor may decide to surgically separate the plantar fascia from the heel bone.
For more information on managing and preventing heel pain, contact the experts at FootActive. We will also be able to advise on the most effective and useful orthotic insert to combat your unique foot pain.
Heel Pain FAQs
How common is heel pain?
Heel pain is the most common foot complaint in the UK.
What causes pain in the heel of the foot?
Heel pain has many causes. The most common is plantar fasciitis, however, it can also be caused by bursitis, fat pad atrophy, tarsal tunnel syndrome, and Sever’s disease. Other factors can contribute to a sharp pain in the heel, such as your age, weight, lifestyle or if you’re pregnant.
Is heel pain the same as Plantar Fasciitis?
Sharp pain in your heel is a symptom, often caused by a condition like plantar fasciitis, but it isn’t the same thing. The best insoles for heel pain can help improve your comfort.
When should you be concerned about a sharp pain in the heel?
Though most heel pain can be resolved at home, it’s important to monitor your level of pain and how long it persists. You should see a doctor if the pain in your heal is getting worse, if it prevents you from carrying out day to day activities, or if it does not improve with home remedies.
Always see your GP if you lose sensation in your foot, if pain prevents you from carrying out normal activities, or if you are a diabetic.
How do you identify heel bursitis?
The back of your heel may be warm and appear red in colour. Your pain may worsen when standing on tiptoes, or when running or walking.
How do you relieve a sharp pain in the heel?
You can relieve heel pain at home with anti-inflammatories like ibuprofen. Ice may also provide cooling relief and help alleviate the swelling.
You could also try strengthening the supporting structures of your foot with physical therapy.
For a simple low-cost solution to provide for the best heel pain relief, turn to orthotic insoles.
How can insoles help with heel pain?
Supportive, high-quality insoles, such as our own, are recommended by the NHS to both prevent and treat pain in the heel. Our insoles support the curvature of your feet, lifting your heel and reducing stress on the supportive structures of your feet. They also feature extra cushioning for better shock absorption. Using the best insoles for heel pain, you’ll be walking with a spring in your step, in no time at all.