It happens to people of all ages, from the young to elderly - Heel Pain. It is that part of your foot that causes pain when you take a step. The more appropriate medical term is called Plantar Fasciitis and affects a huge percentage of the general population. Most common symptoms are pain with the first step after periods of rest such as rising from bed in the morning or getting up from a sitting position. Sometimes the pain will disappear with walking only to resume with prolonged walking or standing. Sometimes it can last all day. Podiatrists term this type of heel pain as Plantar Fasciitis.
There are many treatments for Plantar Fasciitis available. An excellent web source for descriptions of this type of foot pain would be www.diabeticfootsolutions.com clicking on the area entitled Heel Pain.
Various treatments for Plantar Fasciitis include appropriate stretching exercises wherein you take a towel and place the ball of your foot in the middle of the towel, grasp the ends of the towel and pull towards you avoiding use of the calf muscle. Contrast bathing alternating between cold and hot water soaks is also helpful as well as anti-inflammatory medication such as Ibuprofen.
The most beneficial help for Plantar Fasciitis is wearing an appropriate foot orthotic within well fitting, appropriate shoes. In some instances, a Cortisone injection into the plantar fascia is necessary to alleviate or help relieve more severe cases of Plantar Fasciitis. If the heel pain is particularly bothersome or doesn't seem to go away, it is always best to see a Podiatrist who specializes in this care so that you and your Podiatrist may discuss the most appropriate care for your pain.
As mentioned, this type of heel pain can affect people of all ages. Children are susceptible to this particular type of heel pain because of the various sports activities they participate in. It is always important to listen to your children's complaints and watch their behavior such as limping or favoring one foot more than the other. In most instances with children, an appropriate foot orthotic and well fitting shoes is the best relief for this type of pain.
Regardless of your age, there is no reason to live with heel pain. Whether it be a modification in shoe gear, wearing over-the-counter Spenco or Powerstep orthotics, or making a trip to your Podiatrist, make your first step to ridding yourself of heel pain by taking the appropriate steps to healing your pain!