Being on your feet for long periods of time can make for a pretty painful end of the day—especially for your heels. One of the most common causes of heel pain is plantar fasciitis, an inflammation of the ligament that spans the bottom of your foot. fPain is often worse in the morning since the ligament tightens in your sleep, making your first step difficult. As you walk around, the tissues will loosen up and pain will subside, but only temporarily. Left untreated, the problem will get increasingly worse, especially if you continue to stress it with overuse.
There are stretches you can do to soothe heel pain and help relieve symptoms, but the best thing you can do is rest. If you must be on your feet, take breaks often and try to avoid hard surfaces. Icing the area and taking anti-inflammatory medication can help as well. Also, wear shoes that provide plenty of arch support and slip in some custom orthotics to add even more.
If you are experiencing heel pain, Dr. Jennifer Keller and Dr. Marshal Gwynn can help. Call Shenandoah Podiatry at (540) 808-4343 in Blacksburg, VA, or (540) 904-1458 in Roanoke.