If you are starting to develop pain in the heel of your foot, there are a couple of conditions that tend to account for a large number of heel pains. These things are posterior heel pain and plantar fasciitis. Some people will be at an increased risk of suffering from these things, such as overweight people, those who stand all day and those who are regularly involved in sports. This article will introduce you to these conditions and offer you advice on things you can do in order to get relief from some of that pain and discomfort.
Posterior heel pain
You have a tendon that attaches the muscle of your calf to the back of your heel and it is called your Achilles tendon. There are a lot of things that can cause this tendon to become a source of pain. Not enough flexibility in your calf muscle can put added stress on the tendon and create pain. The tendon becoming inflamed, bruised or otherwise injured can also lead to pain in and around your heel.
One of the things you want to be aware of when it comes to most heel pains, is they are generally worse after you have been off of your feet for a while. Once you have been up and around, the tendon should loosen up and feel better. The treatment for this condition tends to be rest, ice and anti-inflammatories. Of course, you should also see your podiatrist, so they can oversee your treatment and offer you other helpful advice.
Plantar fasciitis is caused by the tendon that runs along the bottom of your foot (the plantar fascia) becoming injured or irritated in any way. When this problem occurs, you can feel pain along any part of the bottom of your foot, but it is most common for you to feel the majority of the pain in or near the heel.
The pain from plantar fasciitis will also hurt the most after you have been off your feet for a good length of time. The at-home treatment for this problem is the same, rest, ice and taking anti-inflammatories.
It's a good idea for you to get in to see the podiatrist as soon as you see your symptoms aren't going away quickly. Also, if you know you are prone to pain in the bottom of your foot, keep a plastic bottle full with water in the reezer that you can pull out and roll under your foot for some instant relief from the pain and inflammation.