Treatment of heel pain

The exact cause of heel pain is not always clear. In most cases, rest helps relieve the symptoms. 

Plantar fasciitis, or an inflammation in a muscle tendon of the foot, is the most common cause of heel pain. It can appear after overuse of the foot or be caused by small tears. The sufferer feels a sharp pain in the tendon attachment area in the middle of the heel, often in the mornings when the heel is rested. The heel looks normal and is not swollen.

Heel pain and plantar fasciitis make activities such as walking, running, jumping and long-term standing more difficult.

Important parts of the treatment for plantar fasciitis include relieving the inflammation, stretching and rest. Regular stretching exercises help keep the tendon flexible and promote healing. Foot supports help reduce the pressure on the heel.

Supportive taping, elastic ankle supports, night support braces or gentle massage of the problem area can be used to treat plantar fasciitis.