Protecting Your Feet

Treating Heel Pain: What You Should Know

If you are always on your feet, on the go, moving from here to there, then your feet are taking the brunt of all of this action. Your heels specifically may be feeling a bit worn out after all of this movement, and that pain could hold you back from continuing on if it gets too severe. If you are suffering from heel pain often, especially when you are at rest, you need to treat it before it worsens. You can seek treatment from your podiatrist to be diagnosed properly and treated as needed. Read on for a few things you can be doing at home to treat your heel pain.

Treat With Over-The-Counter Pain Medication

Treat the heel pain using an over-the-counter pain medication such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen. Take it as directed and according to the manufacturer's dosage. Do not take the medication any longer than necessary, and stop using it if you have pain in your stomach or other side effects from the medicine. Report the side effects to your physician.

Soothe Your Heels In A Foot Bath

Soak your feet in a foot bath using Epsom salts. Epsom salts will help to alleviate swelling and can remove impurities from the body. Soak your feet for ten minutes at a time and repeat it daily if necessary to help soothe and heal your feet. Use a few drops of lavender or peppermint essential oils in the foot bath to give your feet a nice smell and to also help soothe your feet.

Change Your Shoes

Swap out your shoes for ones that are more comfortable and that offer more comfort and support for your feet, especially for your heels. If you cannot change your footwear, use shoe inserts in your shoes instead to give you more comfort and support for your entire foot. You can find these inserts at your local big box store or anywhere where shoes are sold. Wear low heels, as high heels can cause injury to your feet. Only wear shoes that are not worn out or damaged, as old shoes are not going to support your feet properly.

If you have pain in your heels, it can make simple tasks much more difficult and moving around can become very difficult for you. Get to the podiatrist for a proper diagnosis and for treatment necessary to heal your heels properly. Make sure you are wearing shoes that are comfortable and supportive and you rest your feet when necessary.

For more information, contact a local business, like MARLBORO PODIATRY CENTER INC.