Heel pain can make your day much more difficult. You'll feel exhausted just from walking or doing normal activities, as the pain can sometimes be too much to bear. Most times heel pain is caused by plantar fasciitis. This is something that can be treated by your podiatrist, as well as making some changes in your day to day life. Read on for a few of these things to treat your heel pain.
Change Your Shoes
Those comfy shoes you've been wearing may not be as comfortable as you think. They may be the reason your feet have been hurting you. If your shoes are too worn out, they may not be giving you the right support your feet need. If your shoes are too old and worn, get rid of them and invest in new shoes that provide the comfort and support your feet need. Worn out shoes lack support in the soles, insoles, and on the sides of the shoes as well, leaving your feet open to injury.
Stretch Your Feet
Your heels and arches need to be stretched just like the rest of your body. Stretching has a number of benefits for the entire body and your feet are no different. Stretch your feet daily by pressing the ball of your foot against the wall and pressing your weight into your foot. This can stretch your foot to prevent plantar fasciitis and help heal pain. Rubbing your foot along a bottle of water can also help. Roll the bottle with your foot, then switch to the other foot to stretch it as well.
Rest Your Feet
You may feel better when you keep moving, but this may end up causing you more pain or further injury to your feet. Give your feet a break by giving them the rest they need. Put your feet up to give them some rest. Raise them to help reduce any inflammation or swelling in your feet. Do this each night before bed, or during the day if you can to give your feet a break.
If you feel heel pain and think it maybe caused by plantar fasciitis, get to the podiatrist for an exam and for other treatment options. Some other treatment options may include physical therapy, suggested weight loss, foot splints, or possibly surgery. Talk to your podiatrist about your feet and the issues you have been having, but also try the above-mentioned to help as well.
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