The heel is the first place to take impact when walking. Excessive walking or running can lead to unpleasant heel pain. While most heel pain will go away on its own, certain cases require more extensive treatment. Heel pain is most intense after long rest periods, but it can occur at any moment. 

If you or a loved one is experiencing unbearable heel pain, Heavenly Foot Care provides heel pain relief right in the comfort of your own home. Call us today to schedule an appointment.

What Causes Heel Pain?

Many things can lead to heel pain including:

Plantar Fasciitis

This is a condition caused by too much pressure on the plantar fascia ligament. Over time, painful swelling can occur which can make it difficult to walk. 

Injuries

Sprains are a common cause of heel pain. Minor injuries may heal on their own while more serious cases, such as fractures, will need professional help. Whether it’s from playing sports or in an accident, injuries should be treated right away to prevent further damage to the heel. 

Achilles Tendonitis

Injuries to the Achilles tendon can cause a great deal of pain and discomfort. Achilles tendonitis is commonly caused by overuse or traumatic injury.

Infection

Heel pain caused by an infection is usually quite rare. Some infections can trigger reactive arthritis, which can cause pain and discomfort to the joints around the heel. 

When To See A Doctor

As mentioned above, most heel pain will go away naturally over time. But if after you’ve tried all the home remedies the pain hasn’t resided, you may need to schedule a visit to the doctor. Call your doctor right away if you notice any of the following:

  • Unbearable pain (to the point where you cannot walk or stand)
  • Sharp pain that occurs out of nowhere
  • Redness or swelling around the heel
  • Throbbing constant pain around the heel

Also, if you’ve suffered from a traumatic injury, contact your doctor immediately. They will be able to recommend the best treatment option for your condition. It’s important to follow the doctor’s instructions thoroughly to have a successful recovery.

Home Remedies For Heel Pain

There are a few heel pain treatment options you can do at home. If you’re experiencing Achilles heel pain, try some of the following home remedies to alleviate your symptoms:

Stay Well Rested – Resting your heel is crucial for recovery. Try to minimize walking or standing as much as possible. Resting will prevent your heel from further damage.

Apply Ice Regularly – Ice helps reduce swelling, which can help relieve heel pain. It’s recommended that you apply ice to the affected area at least twice a day. If you don’t have an ice pack, you can use a bag of frozen vegetables from the freezer.

Medication – If your heel pain is unbearable, your doctor may recommend you over the counter medication that will help with heel pain relief. 

Wear The Right Shoes – Shoes that fit comfortably will provide less pressure to the heel when walking or standing. This can help speed up the recovery process. 

Heel Pain Prevention

Some conditions of heel pain can easily be prevented. If you’re exercising regularly (especially walking or running), make sure to properly stretch your heels after you’re done. Also, try not to overuse your heels by running for too long. Our heels take a lot of pressure already, so overusing them is bound to lead to injuries.

Treat Your Heels In The Comfort Of Your Own Home!

Are painful heels slowing you down? Heavenly Foot Care is a mobile Advanced Foot Care service that specializes in heel pain treatment in St. Catharines. We send out an experienced Advanced Foot Care specialist directly to your home who can treat your damaged heels and get you moving again. 
Call (905) 931-9965 or email sherri@heavenlyfootcare.ca to schedule an appointment.