Heel pain can strike at any moment, making simple things such as walking very difficult. If you don’t know what to do, here are some ways to prevent the pain from resurfacing.
If you are experiencing heel pain, it is generally down to plantar fasciitis. This is a foot condition which affects tissue in the sole of your foot, causing your heel to become inflamed and painful. This pain can get so bad you’ll be unable to walk, let alone exercise or do any of your daily activities. If you are looking for a professional diagnosis, contact an EN2 Chiropodist (Podiatrists) to book a proper assessment.
If you’ve been struck down with heel pain, try to take care of your feet before you can visit a knowledgeable Podiatrist. Here are some things you can do to relieve the pain.
- Place an ice pack on your heel to reduce the swelling and inflammation.
- Visit your local pharmacy and purchase an over the counter pain killer such as Ibuprofen.
- Stay off your feel as much as possible, whenever you can, put your feet up and give them a break.
- Increase circulation by exercising – Don’t stop doing exercise when you’ve heel pain, keep doing stretches and flexion movements to improve blood circulation to your heel.
- Stick to walking on even surfaces, try avoiding any uneven paths or roads.
- Speak to a Podiatrist about custom insoles.
There are many ways to manage your heel pain before you visit a trained Podiatrist, get some rest, use anti-inflammatories and ice the affected area.