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How to Manage Your Heel and Arch Pain

The bottom of a person's heel.

Heel and arch pain can prevent you from getting out of bed in the morning and doing the things you enjoy. But you can't let foot pain keep you down.

There are a few simple ways you can manage heel and arch pain.

Keep reading to learn more!

Heel Pain 

Heel pain from inflammation (swelling) is called plantar fasciitis. The pain is usually worse in the morning, but it can continue to ache throughout the day.

Another source of heel pain is heel spurs. Heel spurs are unusual growths on the bone located at the bottom of the foot. Heel spurs are not always painful, but they can be. They are more common among people with flat feet or low arches.

Achilles tendonitis, swelling of the Achilles tendon, may also cause heel and foot pain. This is most often caused by overuse.

Finally, heel pain could be caused by a fracture. If you have a serious foot injury and may have fractured the bone, contact a medical professional right away.


Heel Pain Management

Heel pain from plantar fasciitis can be managed with a series of at-home therapies. First, applying ice or massaging the affected area with ice can reduce the swelling and the pain. 

It would be best if you also considered wearing more supportive shoes with plenty of cushions to allow you to walk more comfortably. You can also talk to a specialist about orthotics you can place inside the shoe to relieve heel and foot pain.

Stretching the foot, ankle, and calf can relieve heel pain and may prevent it from coming back.


Arch Pain 

Arch pain is also caused by plantar fasciitis. If the inflammation is closer to the center of the foot you'll notice pain in the arch. Arch pain can also be caused by fallen arches (flat feet).

In some cases, pain from a fracture or tendonitis can spread to the arch as well.


Arch Pain Management

Managing arch pain is similar to managing heel pain - rest, ice, and stretching. Changing your shoes or getting orthotics may also relieve arch pain, especially if you have flat feet.

Foot pain is more common among athletes and overweight individuals because there is more stress to the foot.

If you are still struggling to manage your arch or heel pain, you should reach out to a specialist for more information.

Run, Walk, Play Pain-Free

Don't let foot pain prevent you from doing the things you love. Take good care of your feet and use the strategies above to manage heel and arch pain.

Wear supportive footwear and don't ignore foot pain - it could be a sign of a more serious problem.

Are you looking for a foot care specialist in the Windsor area? Contact us today to make an appointment!

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