Heel

A foot problem which presents as pain and can inhibit level of walking.

  • Heel pain

Common causes

Heel pain is not always related to an underlying condition. It may be caused by:

  • Injury to the heel
  • Overuse of the heel
  • Wearing the wrong shoes for exercise
  • Exercise without first stretching
  • Wearing shoes which don't fit properly
  • Wearing high heeled shoes

Treatment

Self Treatment

Self-treatment: Self- care steps that may be helpful in some less- serious cases:

  • Take enough rest to ease the symptoms
  • Use over the counter medicines such as ibuprofen
  • Apply ice for 10 minutes to the heel
  • Wear shoes which fit right
  • Wear a splint while sleeping
  • Maintain a healthy diet

Doctor

See a doctor if you notice:

  • The heel pain does not disappear two to three weeks following self- treatment
  • Difficulty in performing everyday tasks due to pain
  • Tingling, numbness or other abnormal sensations

Urgent

See a doctor immediately if you notice:

  • The pain starts suddenly
  • The heel starts to swell
  • Movement is inhibited by the heel pain
  • The heel appears red
  • Pain associated with injury, fever

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