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 orthotics 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.