You may have been suffering from pain in your heels for some time now. It may have started for a wide variety of reasons, such as hurting your heel by stepping on something — or more probably because you overstressed a piece of fibrous tissue called the plantar fascia and caused it to become swollen or irritated. This tissue is the one connecting your heel bone and your toes — but you can already feel exactly where it goes if you’ve injured it.
The heel pain you feel may be called plantar fasciitis. There are other causes of similar heel discomfort, but this is one of the most common types of heel pain experienced by people who are on their feet a lot. Is it why your feet always hurt?
Causes of Heel Pain
Heel pain is often caused by a combination of a number of causes. If your heels hurt:
- You may be overweight.
- You may be wearing shoes that aren’t your size.
- You may be wearing shoes that are worn out, defeating their main purpose of providing your feet comfort.
- You may have flat feet.
- You may have high arches.
- You have tight calf muscles.
And there are many other causes too.
Any of these reasons or a combination of them could be the cause of your heel pain.
Fortunately, medical professionals have some suggestions for plantar fascia treatment — that is, treatment for the swollen tissue in your foot.
Effective Plantar Fascia Treatment
When you have this type of heal pain, treatment depends on the person. However, these are some things that can help in alleviating the pain. Very few people undergo surgery, but that’s an option. Many are cured or at least experience significant improvement by taking some or all of the following actions:
- Rest your feet and you may find some relief since the problem was probably caused by too much activity. This is especially likely to help if the problem has just started happening. Limit activities that can put stress on your feet such as running and jumping.
- Wear shoes that have good shoe insoles. These will serve as a cushion for any impact you encounter when walking, running or working on hard surfaces.
- Choose shoes that have the right kind of built-in right arch for your foot type — although this can be hard to accomplish if you must stay within a limited budget.
- Consider doing some foot exercises as part of your plantar fascia treatment. Doing toe and calf exercises will help your ligament become more flexible and less prone to experiencing heel pain.
- Try putting ice on your heel — or take pain relievers to help keep the pain at bay.
You may also opt to use foot care products for plantar fasciitis such as night splints, heel cups, arch braces, foot wraps, creams, and massagers.
These nonsurgical treatments can help in eliminating or reducing your heel pain. It’s crucial to your overall health, however, to consult a doctor if you experience foot pain for more than a few days.
Taking care of your feet is extremely important — because for many of us, there’s no other way to make it through the day than to use, overuse and abuse our feet.