Treatment for Your Heel Pain

Before we talk about how to alleviate foot pain, we need to make it clear that there are times when a visit to Progressive Podiatry is the best option. For example, if your foot pain is steadily getting worse, disrupts your daily life, or if you have a condition such as diabetes that could cause limited blood flow or nerve damage, you should seek medical care. 

Evan Breth, DPM and Neha Khanna, DPM at Progressive Podiatry in Brooklyn, New York are experienced in accurately diagnosing the underlying conditions that can cause foot pain. Once we understand why you’re in pain, we suggest treatments to both address your condition and to ease your pain. However, sometimes aching feet don’t require medical attention. 

If you’ve been on your feet for hours at a stretch, worn uncomfortable shoes, or there’s some other fairly obvious reason your feet hurt, you can do a few things at home to relieve the pain. The following five tips may help! 

1. Make sure your shoes fit well

If your shoes are worn out, too tight, or otherwise ill-fitting, they can cause significant pain. Wearing high heels can also cause painful issues. When you’re experiencing foot pain, wear shoes that are roomy in the toe box, supportive, and have enough cushion to be comfortable. 

You should also make sure that your shoes are appropriate for any activities you may be doing. If you’re planning a hike, wear shoes that will protect and support your feet. If you need to dress up, look for shoes with a wide, low heel and space for your toes. 

2. Try a foot soak

A foot bath can be a relaxing, pain-relieving way to pamper yourself. There are a few different methods you can try. 

You may want to have one basin filled with cold water and one with hot water so that you can switch back and forth every five minutes or so. This causes the blood vessels in your feet to contract and dilate and may help improve circulation in your feet. 

Another method is to soak your feet in hot water with a few drops of essential oils. Peppermint oil, eucalyptus oil, and rosemary oil are good choices for aching feet. 

A soak in Epsom salts can also be soothing. There are even essential oil-infused Espom salts available. 

3. Give yourself a foot massage

A relaxing foot massage is another way to ease pain. You can use your hands, along with oil or lotion, to knead out the aches. Another method is to roll a tennis ball, golf ball, or rolling pin under your foot. 

4. Stretch and strengthen

Sometimes your feet hurt because the tendons and muscles become inflexible or develop microtears. One of the most common causes of heel pain, for example, is plantar fasciitis

By stretching your feet and your calf muscles, you can help ease the pain you may feel because those areas have become too tight. 

5. Consider inserts or orthotics

Shoe inserts that are available over-the-counter can be wonderful for relieving pain. There are numerous types and brands, and finding the one that works for you can make a big difference in how your feet feel at the end of the day. 

Sometimes, custom orthotics are a better solution for your foot pain. If you invest in custom orthotics, you should discuss your goals and needs with our providers first, to make sure that you’re paying for a solution that’s likely to work for you. 

If your foot pain continues or worsens, make an appointment at Progressive Podiatry in Brooklyn, New York. You don’t want to risk damage or suffer pain that could be resolved. You can request an appointment online, or you can call 908-224-0369, and we’ll get you booked.

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