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Heel Pain - Effective Ways To Put It At Rest!

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MBBS & M.S General Surgery
General Surgeon, Bangalore  •  26 years experience
Heel Pain - Effective Ways To Put It At Rest!

Foot pain contributes around 3-5 % of patients visiting Orthopedic OPD, with heel pain being predominant complaint. Heel pain commonly involves the underside or back of your heel. Although not a symptom of a serious condition, it’s disabling as it can interfere with your routine activities.

Plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendinitis, Heel spur, Retrocalcaneal bursitis are few common conditions causing heel pain.

The below few conditions which are prone to developing heel pain like:

  • Abnormal walking style (gait)/altered alignment of the foot
  • Obesity
  • Ill-fitting shoes/ badly-worn shoes
  • Standing, running or jumping on hard surfaces
  • Injury to the heel, such as stress fractures
  • diabetes and arthritis

The most common causes of heel pain are plantar fasciitis (bottom of the heel) and Achilles tendinitis (back of the heel).

Presenting complaints:

  • Pain which is usually intense in the mornings or after a long period of res,
  • Discomfort or swelling in the back of your heel
  • Skin on your heel overly warm to the touch
  • Burning sensation over heel
  • Numbness or tingling in your heel
  • Swelling around ankle etc

Remedies you can try:

  • Avoid activities that aggravate your heels, such as running, standing for long periods or walking on hard surfaces.
  • Ice application on your heel for 10-15 minutes at least three times a day.
  • Well fitting shoes.
  • Non-steroidal antinflammatory drugs can reduce inflammation and pain
  • A splint is worn at night
  • Flexibility exercises

Prevention of heel pain:

  • Wear a well-fitting & comfortable shoe
  • Always warm up and cool down when exercising or playing
  • Silicone insoles

Consult your doctor immediately if, Heel pain persists in spite of home remedies. Try these tips to put Heel pain at rest!

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