Heel Pain Treatment – Frequently Asked Questions

Experiencing heel pain? Looking for heel pain treatment? In this article, we enumerate the ways you can relieve it as well as the best medication and recommended exercises. Read on to find out more about heel pain causes and treatment.

What is heel pain?

Heel pain, especially stabbing heel pain, is most often caused by plantar fasciitis, a condition that is sometimes also called heel spur syndrome when a spur is present. Heel pain may also be due to other causes, such as a stress fracture, tendonitis, arthritis, nerve irritation or, rarely, a cyst.

What causes heel pain?

The most common cause of heel pain is plantar fasciitis. It is usually caused by a biomechanical imbalance resulting in tension along the plantar fascia.

Plantar fasciitis occurs when too much pressure on your feet damages the plantar fascia ligament, causing pain and stiffness. Further reading: Causes of heel pain.

What are the plantar fasciitis symptoms?

Plantar fasciitis symptoms can include:

  1. Sharp pain on the bottom of the foot or near the heel standing in the morning or after rest (“first-step pain”).
  2. Discomfort when stretching the foot.
  3. Increased pain after exercise or activity.

How is plantar fasciitis treated?

Treatment options for plantar fasciitis include but are not limited to:

  • Rest
  • Stretching
  • Strengthening
  • Change of supportive shoes
  • Good Arch supports
  • Night splints
  • Anti-inflammatory agents
  • Steroid Injections
  • Surgery

Usually, plantar fasciitis can be treated successfully by tailoring treatment to an individual’s risk factors and preferences.

Home remedies for plantar fasciitis heel pain

We all, in some ways, try DIY home remedies. Here are your home remedy options for plantar fasciitis.

  • Wear supportive shoes
  • Wear a night splint
  • Replace old athletic shoes
  • Stretching exercise
  • Massage
  • Apply ice

Which medicine is the best for plantar fasciitis?

Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) will help with your pain and reduce inflammation of the plantar fascia.

What are the recommended heel pain treatment exercises?

The first exercise for pain relief for plantar fasciitis you can try is toe curls with a towel.

  • Step 1: Put a small towel on the floor, and sit in a chair so that your feet are over the towel.
  • Step 2: Using your affected foot, scrunch your toes onto the towel and try to pull it toward you

Where to go for plantar fasciitis heel pain treatment in Singapore?

It is best to visit an orthopaedic doctor. At Singapore Sports and Orthopaedic Clinic, we offer foot and ankle pain treatment, which also covers heel pain, conducted by our experienced foot doctors. You can make an appointment here.

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