Here are some ways that you can manage and treat heel pain on your own:
¦ You will see this in many foot health blogs, but wear properly-fitting shoes! For some, heel pain is the result of improper arch support. Be sure you know how much or how little arch support your feet need by visiting a podiatrist.
¦ Use orthopedic inserts. Not only do these provide comfort, but they also support the arch and cushion the heel, minimizing pain arising from long periods of standing, walking, and running.
¦ Exercise to lose weight. Many foot problems are the result of too much weight on the feet. Exercise is good for your all around heath too, so why not? Be sure to incorporate stretching into your routine to further minimize foot and heel pain.
¦ Apply ice and cold compresses to the aching area. You can do this by placing ice from your freezer into a plastic bag and then wrapping it with a towel or cloth. Do this twice daily for 15 minutes.
¦ Stretch your feet throughout the day. Stretching the feet has the same effect as stretching any other area of body: It helps build muscle and lengthens the tendons and fascia.
¦ Rest your feet regularly throughout the day. Take breaks before the pain starts. Preventative care is imperative to maintain foot health.
¦ Replace your shoes often to be sure that your foot is properly supported at all times.
Failing all of the preventative and pain-management measures mentioned above, then contact Family Foot Doctor to set up an appointment. We can help you with anything from heel pain and hammertoes, to bunions and ingrown toenails.