Simple Home Remedies to Take Away Heel Pain
Think your morning heel pain may keep you from doing simple things you love to do? Think again, because we have simple home remedies that can help.
There are various causes of pain in your heel, but the most common is plantar fasciitis. This condition is caused by inflammation of a thick band of fibrous tissue—the plantar fascia—that runs along the bottom of your foot. When subjected to repetitive forces, the fascia develops tiny tears that lead to inflammation and pain. Here are some home care tips that may help you find relief:
- Rest. Taking time away from activities gives your body time to heal, but consider cross-training with low-impact exercises, too. Plantar fasciitis is often caused by overuse. Incorporating swimming or yoga into your workout routine can decrease the stress your fascia faces.
- Ice. Cold temperatures provide relief by reducing inflammation and pain. Be sure to cover the ice or ice pack with a thin towel or cloth to avoid skin damage, though.
- Stretch. Stretching, and strengthening, your plantar fascia and Achilles tendon will increase flexibility and decrease your risk for injury. Our office can recommend appropriate stretches and exercises to help. And Take a look at our video on stretching: https://www.dallaspodiatryworks.com/how-to-correctly-stretch-your-lower-extremities/
- Footwear. Supportive footwear that offers ample heel cushioning will go a long ways towards not only helping with an existing ailment, but also in keeping it from becoming an issue in the first place.
- Night splints. These devices help the condition by gently stretching the injured ligament and your Achilles tendon throughout the night. This keeps them from tightening and then causing pain in the morning.
- Medication. Always check with our office first for appropriate dosage and type, but over-the-counter medications—especially nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)—can help reduce your pain and inflammation.
Home remedies may provide relief from heel pain, but there are bound to be instances when you need professional care. In such times, Dallas Podiatry Works is here for you. Our office is staffed with caring, expert foot specialists who want to restore your feet to their natural, healthy condition. Contact us by calling at 972.566.7474 or scheduling your appointment online for either our Dallas or Plano, TX offices today!