Heel pain can come across as a very common problem, yet the causes of it may not be very common. With immense discomfort, heel pain can disrupt the daily routines of the affected individual. Some people are aware of the causes and can treat it or look for treatment appropriately. On the other hand, there may be people who are not very familiar with the reasons why the heel pain troubles them. This post explains the causes and the various heel pain treatments to take to keep the heel pain away.
Resting your feet might sound like common sense, but if you have Plantar Fasciitis, you should try to stay off your aching feet. If possible, try to cut out activities that bother your feet and don’t walk or run on any surface that is too hard. Doing this can help the swelling subside.
When you’re looking to reduce the pain and swelling connected with Plantar Fasciitis, don’t forget your ice. Putting ice on your heel can help you fight the inflammation and also help relieve some of the pain.
Another thing that can help with the pain is stretching. Try to start each day with simple Plantar fascia and calf stretches. Doing this daily, when you first wake up in the morning, can help to reduce your pain for the day.
Plantar Fascia Stretches
Start by getting into a comfortable seated position. Take your affected foot and slowly bring it up over your opposite knee. Grab the toes of your sore foot and carefully pull them toward yourself. If you find reaching your toes in this position awkward, try grabbing a towel and wrapping it around your big toe to help you complete this exercise. Hold this stretch for 10 seconds and then relax. It’s recommended you repeat these 20 times to get the most out of this stretch.
To do this stretch correctly, you must start by placing yourself at arm’s length from the wall. Stretch both of your arms out in front of you and place your palms against the wall. Stretch one leg behind you, keeping your heel firmly on the ground. Bend your other leg at the knee in front of you. This exercise, although beneficial, can be uncomfortable in the beginning. Try not to push yourself too hard. You don’t want a leg cramp. To stretch your calf and heel cord, carefully push your hips towards the wall. Hold this stretch for 10 seconds and repeat 20 times.
Calcaneal/Heel Spurs is a painful condition caused by an overgrowth at the bottom of your heel. Thankfully there are ways to treat it at home and help relieve the pain associated with having heel spurs.