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3 Proven Ways To Treat Heel Pain Without Resorting To Painkillers

Are you waking up with agonizing heel pain, suffering from niggling pain when you run, or having constant aches in your heel throughout your work day?

Don’t give up hope of a natural solution!

While everyone’s heel pain is different, the most common cause of heel pain is plantar fasciitis, where the tissue at the bottom of your foot- which connects your toes to your heel bone – becomes inflamed and painful (especially in the morning).

What Causes Heel Pain And Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is much more common in people who participate in high-impact activities such as running, or sports where there is lots of jumping involved such as gymnastics or basketball.

Plantar fasciitis can also be caused by poor footwear, weak or tight muscles, and excessively flat or overarched feet.

Thankfully, this condition can be treated naturally, and without pills. injections and surgery.

In fact, 90% of individuals with heel pain achieve great outcomes with conservative treatment such as physical therapy.

How To Treat Plantar Fasciitis And Heel Pain

1 – Use Ice To Treat Plantar Fasciitis And Heel Pain

To get some fast relief from pain without relying on pills, a good option is to apply ice.

This can be done using a cold pack, or rolling your foot over a frozen bottle of water which helps to numb the pain receptors, and reduce inflammation which is leading to the heel pain.

While this isn’t the most practical option if you’ve got a busy day ahead – carrying cold packs, or frozen bottles of water – it can provide some relief while avoiding medication.

2 – Wear The Right Footwear To Avoid Heel Pain

If your career or hobbies require you to be on your feet a lot, or require you to carry heavy loads, you can be more susceptible to foot, ankle, and heel problems.

But with the right footwear, you can reduce the chance of this becoming a regular occurrence.

The right footwear for you means that it’s designed to match your foot type – whether you are flat, neutral, or high arch – which absorbs the shock and ensures that the pressure on your feet is distributed correctly.

Walking barefoot on hard surfaces can also play a big impact in flaring up heel pain, so if you do this currently, make sure to wear some thick socks, slippers or appropriate footwear.

3 – Avoid Activities That Flare Up Your Heel Pain (In The Short Term)

When you hear this advice, you may feel reluctant to give up hobbies that you love such as running, or sports.

You might also think that it’s not possible because it’s part of your job.

And we understand your concerns.

But while we treat your heel pain, we want to identify the problem activities and for a short period of time, reduce or eliminate them until you have fully recovered.

This allows you to get the fastest recovery (which means you are suffering much less), and in the long run, gets you back to doing what you love without any heel pain – sound good?

Of course, it does!

And once your heel pain is a thing of the past, you gradually increase the time you spend doing these activities.

Want More Tips To Treat Your Heel Pain And Plantar Fasciitis?

You can download a copy of our Free Heel, Ankle, And Foot Pain Report, and discover the most powerful, and most effective treatment strategies that have allowed us to help thousands of people in Louisville.

Click Here To Download Your Free Heel, Ankle, And Foot Pain Report

Prefer To Speak To A Real Person?

At our Louisville clinics (Mellwood and East End), you can arrange a Free Pain Assessment or a Free Telephone Consultation which allows you 1 on 1 time with an expert physical therapist.

Whether you want to visit our clinic or speak to us on the telephone, you can share your story, your goals, and your struggles, as well as receive the tailored advice that you need to treat your heel pain fast, and naturally!

Simply call us on 502.509.3136 or complete the quick form on our website – we would love to speak to you!

More Free Tips And Advice To Relieve Your Aches And Pains

Read our blog – Why Do I Have Knee Pain? And How Can I Stop It Without Taking Pills

Read our blog – Natural, Drug-Free Ways to Relieve Lower Back Pain After Exercise

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Dr Brad Conder

Dr Brad Conder

Dr. Brad Conder is the owner of Focus Physical Therapy. He is board-certified in orthopedic physical therapy and has been a practicing physical therapist for 12 years. Brad has experience in outpatients orthopedics, industrial onsite medicine, hospital physical therapy, and home health physical therapy. Brad got his physical therapy degree from the University of Kentucky in 2004 and his doctorate in physical therapy from Regis University in 2007. Dr Conder’s primary experience is in outpatient orthopedics, and he has a particular interest in manual physical therapy, including dry needling, Maitland style manual techniques, and industrial onsite medicine.
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