On our Facebook Page there were a few queries regarding heel pain. A middle aged lady complained of heel pain on setting foot on ground the first time in the morning. She said that she was a home maker and a mother of two. Her heel pain reduced as her activities progressed in the day and worsened again by night. She was not aware of her condition until her doctor diagnosed it.
Heel pain is very common
The common causes of heel pain are mostly a result of ignorance and negligence.
- A wrong fitting shoes.
- High heels and ill-fitting pair of shoes can cause both ankle pain and heel pain
- Long hours of standing and walking without a break. This can occur mainly in over weight and tall people who exert more pressure on their heels.
- High impact work outs or sports
- Stress fractures. Extra pressure exerted from running or jumping can cause tiny cracks in bone.
- Plantar fasciitis. This strikes runners, heavy people and those who wear footwear without adequate support.
Plantar fasciitis is often confused with heel spurs (bony outgrowth in heels). What we are discussing is here is the inflammation of the thick tissue called fascia, that runs along the bottom of the foot. It is in no way connected with bony outgrowths.
That stabbing heel pain in the morning as you stand up is the top most sign that you have Plantar Fasciitis!
The heels are definitely telling you about the wear and tear that you are causing them and how they need a break. You could be a professional runner, hiker, a teacher or a bulky home maker who overuse your heels to cause this kind of damage.
Got a back pain along with heel pain?
One of the complications of heel pain is a change in the body mechanics. You tend to change the way you walk in order to reduce your heel pain. You new stride ends up in an unpleasant back pain or knee pain!
Will this pain ever go away?
Rest is the best remedy for you. Most aches disappear with adequate rest because aches are your body’s way of letting you know that it needs rest. And next comes weight loss. Ice packs, arch support, replacing worn out shoes and high heels with new ones and doing arch stretching exercises are the best ways to combat pain. Stop any physically demanding activity, aerobics and choose low impact and stretching exercises.
It is useless to hit the spa or get a foot massage for heel pain. Those help only tired and sore feet. Instead, get a frozen bottle or a golf ball to roll under your feet. See more Do-It-Yourself Home Remedies at the Competitor.
Is Yoga your way of life?
Yoga can ease out pain and stiffness when practised correctly. Downward Facing Dog, Hero Pose, Warrior poses, Bound Angle Pose, and the Head to Knee Forward Bend are beneficial yogasanas. See this video on Yahoo Health for more stretching exercises to heal heel pain.