Heels That Hurt
- Avoid activities that cause a pounding of the foot. Bicycling and swimming are good alternatives for exercise during this time.
- Perform calf stretches and plantar fascia stretches
- Switch to a good pair of shoes.
- Try using over-the-counter shoe inserts.
- Put ice on the heel for 20 minutes, three times a day. Other options include special Blue Ice gel packs available at most pharmacies and many running supply stores.
- Use a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medicine (eg, ibuprofen, naproxen). Follow the directions on the label or those given by your doctor.
Other Treatment Options
- Physical therapy
- Steroid injections or botox injections in the heel
- Shock wave stimulation
- Cast to keep the foot immobilized
- Surgery as a last resort
American Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Society http://www.aofas.org/
American Podiatric Medical Association http://www.apma.org/
Canadian Podiatric Medical Association http://www.podiatrycanada.org/
Podiatrists in Canada http://www.podiatrycanada.org/
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- Reviewer: Brian Randall, MD
- Review Date: 05/2012 -
- Update Date: 05/10/2012 -