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Pain in Heel
Heel Pain

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Definition

The pain in heel is usually felt at the bottom of your heel and is frequently caused by excessive or repititive pounding of heel. This pain is often worse in the morning due to the stiffness that occurs during night.

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Causes

  • Plantar fasciitis is inflammation of the thick band of tissue on the sole of your foot that attaches to your heel
  • Poor arch support or stiff soles of your shoes
  • Bone spurs in the heel
  • Quick turning movements that may stress the tissues of your feet
  • Tightening, contracture or lack of flexibility in your calf muscles
  • Running downhill or on hard, uneven surfaces
  • Heel bursitis
  • Achiles tendinitis
  • Gait that may cause sudden inward or outward turning of your foot.

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What You Can Do

  • Get off your feet!
  • Rest as much as possible
  • Apply ice to the painful area frequently
  • Take nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID's) like aspirin, tylenol or ibuprofen for pain and inflammation.
  • Wear shoes that fit properly with good arch support and internal cushioning.
  • Use insoles or arch supports to alleviate the problem
  • A heel cup, felt pads, or an orthotic device may be helpful.
  • Wear the orthotic device in all your shoes.
  • Using a splint at night may help some types of heel pain
  • Night splints can help some types of heel pain.
  • Learn stretching and strengthening exercises of the lower part of your body especially your legs
  • Injecting cortisone into your heel may prove beneficial to reduce pain and inflammation.

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Heel Pain