5 Ways To Treat Heel Pain


The wide band of fibrous tissue that runs across the bottom of your foot is called the plantar fascia. It supports your arch and connects to your heel bone at the back of the heel. Plantar fasciitis occurs when these tissues become injured by stress and pressure due to work and exercise, and tiny tears can form causing pain and discomfort. This pain often radiates to the heel area.  

5 ways to treat the heel pain of plantar fasciitis include the following:

  1. Wear properly-fitted shoes with custom orthoticsMake sure to have a computerized gait analysis done to be properly fitted and sized for shoes and to help determine the proper orthotic inserts for your situation.

  2. Rest the injured foot— It’s important to rest the affected foot by taking the weight off. Playing or working through the pain will just worsen the injury.

  3. Reduce swelling—Applying an ice pack to the bottom of the foot for ten or fifteen minutes at a time will help reduce inflammation. Ibuprofen or Tylenol will also help decrease pain and swelling.

  4. Physical therapy exercises—A variety of calf and foot exercises can help alleviate the pressure and tightness in the arches. Rolling your foot gently on a tennis or golf ball will help relax the fibers.

  5. Braces—Specially-formed braces can be used while sleeping to help stretch the plantar fascia.

In severe cases, surgery may be required.

If you are experiencing heel pain, see your podiatrist for the proper care. Call Achilles Foot and Ankle Surgery, PC located in Martins Ferry, Ohio and St. Clairsville, Ohio, as well as Wheeling West Virginia. With access to advanced technologies, Dr. Bruce G. Blank and his staff can help you manage all of your foot and ankle conditions including heel pain, ankle sprains, toe deformities, fungal toenails, and plantar warts. Call 740-633-4188 or make an appointment online today.