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December 09, 2013
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Dealing with Heel Pain


Heel pain is a very common problem.  Usually, it starts as a sharp pain in your heel with the first step out of bed in the morning, gets a little better as the day goes on, only to come back as intense aching pain by evening.  The next day, the cycle repeats.

 

 

This may be what is known as plantar fasciitis. It is a very common problem that stems from tightness of the ligament on the bottom of your foot. The tight ligament gets pulled away from where it attaches to the heel bone.  


Symptoms:


  • Sharp Pain To The Bottom Of The Heel (like walking on glass or stepping on a sharp stone)

  • Swelling

  • Tightness To The Arch of the Foot


Treatment Steps


  1. Reduce Swelling - by applying ice, taking oral anti-inflammatories (such as ibuprofen, advil, motrin, or aleve), a cortisone shot, or laser treatment.  Depending on your particular case, one or more of these combinations will be most effective.

  2. Stretching - there are several stretches which will help correct the tightness of the plantar fascia

  3. Support the Arch - supporting the arch with proper orthotics or inserts and proper shoe gear protects against re-aggravating the foot.