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Saturday, January 26, 2013

Heel Pain

Have you ever had heel pain, I am going through that right now. It's called plantar fasciitis. 
Most people with plantar fasciitis have pain when they take their first steps after they get out of bed or sit for a long time. That is what happens to me. You may have less stiffness and pain after you take a few steps. But your foot may hurt more as the day goes on. It may hurt the most when you climb stairs or after you stand for a long time. And boy does it with me. I know part of the reason why I have a re-occurrence of it is because of standing on a hard floor bare footed. When I'm home I go around bare footed or just with socks on. 
So I decided that it's not going away that I needed to find out what I could do on my own to help it go away. What I found out is the sooner you start taking care of the pain the better, not to wait, now I know that. It is said it will take longer to heal the longer you let it go on. 
The things suggested to cure it is, 
try to rest as much as you can off your feet.
Take ibuprofen (such as Advil or Motrin), naproxen (such as Aleve), aspirin, or another nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) to reduce pain and inflammation. NSAIDs come in pills and in a cream that you rub over the sore area.
Get inserts for your shoes and have good shoes, not ill fitting or worn out shoes. I now have inserts in my Birkenstocks for added support and wear them all the time indoors.
And do stretching and strengthening exercises. 
Exercises for stretching the Achilles tendon and plantar fascia will increase their flexibility. Exercises to strengthen the muscles of the foot and ankle will help support the arch. For more information go to Web MD (or the many other sites when Googled).  I found it very helpful in understanding what it is and how to go about curing it.



  1. I've had that. A good podiatrist is really great, but I stay off the ibuprophen, it's bad for your liver. I use Triflora gel, a homeopathic ointment, great for sore tendons, etc. eViatmins sells it. And stretch, stretch, stretch! No barefoot, or dropped heels... had to give up my Berkinstocks...

  2. Hi!!! Oh no...that is be soooo painful.
    I hope it goes away quickly for you...mine lasted a little over a year...but has not come back...not much really helped...I hope you find some relief soon...

  3. I do hope your pain goes away. I will have to look at these exercises, I have achillies tendon problems.

  4. So sorry to hear that you have this problem. Mine was greatly helped by changing the insole in my shoes. However, I didn't have my pain in the heel but in the arch.

  5. I just went through this.. I did put inserts in the heel of my shoes. I didn't walk around anywhere without something on my feet with padding. I used to wear flip flops everywhere those were out. I did freeze a water bottle and then roll my foot on it several times a day. I had the heavy duty ibuprofen and it took a bit but I am feeling all better.

  6. A good treatment for plantar fasciitis is deep stretching and heel support! I love to use the ProStretch Plus and Tuli's Heel Cups. Check out www.Medi-Dyne.com ! It really helped me hope your pain goes away! The body is an interconnective chain so what you are experiencing with plantar fasciitis can result in long term with pain in your pain in your back and so on.


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