Tips For Heel Pain
As we all know, dealing with foot pain has an adverse effect on your entire being. Heel pain is one area that you become aware of quickly because the heel is the part of the foot that hits the ground first as we walk. So you know immediately when that part of your foot hurts.
As I mentioned in my recent blog on tips for better sleep, an excellent place to start to relieve foot pain is to enlist the help of the medical professionals. I have been fighting a case of plantar fasciitis for the last several months. It flared up when I was doing treadmill work as part of cardiac rehab from my slight heart attack. As I moved up in the effort scale of the treadmill, my left foot, particularly the heel took exception to the amount of exercise and began to protest.
In visiting my podiatrist, he was adamant that I use orthotics in my shoes, even the very rigid athletic shoe I wear. He stated that podiatrists think of our footwear as a shoe and orthotic combination, and that pretty much no shoe will give you the kind of support your foot needs by itself. He sent me to the clinic pharmacy where they have off the shelf orthotics at about one-tenth the price of custom made units. So you can get a couple sets of them and not have to switch them from shoe to shoe as often.
Another tip for heel pain and plantar fasciitis is an exercise my sister showed me. It consists of a device that has several rows of small wheels mounted on an incline on a wooden frame. The whole thing is about a foot square. You rub your foot back and forth across the wheels and the rolling action acts to stretch your plantar fascia and help to relieve the tension on the heel.
Massage can be a great tool in fighting heel pain. My massage therapist tells me most heel pain is rooted in the calf muscle being too tight. Working my calf muscle pretty extensively had me walk out of the massage clinic pretty much pain free. Keeping it stretched on my own has helped.
And one more tip is to use the old ice trick. Take a sixteen to twenty ounce bottle of water and freeze it. Make sure it’s a round bottle so it will roll. Once it’s frozen, use that as a roller to place your foot on a move back and forth. I keep a sock on so the ice doesn’t burn the skin on the sole of my foot. Like the exercise machine mentioned previously, the rolling action helps to stretch your plantar fascia. This technique gives the added benefit of ice on the painful area, which helps to reduce inflammation.
There are bound to be many more unique tips out there in painful foot world. Please submit a comment on this blog and let us all know your experience and how you were able to relieve your pain.
And as always, use your FootSleepGuard!