Heel pain is most commonly associated with plantar fasciitis, a degenerative condition of the plantar fascia. The plantar fascia connects the ball of the foot (or the toes, actually) to the heel and supports the arch.
It is estimated that at least 10% of Americans suffer from plantar fasciitis heel pain at any given time.
Heel pain can be painful and debilitating. Today we are going to discuss some ways to relieve that pain.
Over-the-counter synthetic NSAIDs like aspirin, ibuprofen, and naproxen are the most common and often the first solution to relieve most forms of pain or inflammation.
NSAIDs can temporarily relieve heel pain. However, they should only be used as a short term solution.
Side effects from long term NSAID use should be avoided.
These side effects might include:
- kidney damage
- gastric ulcers
- And bleeding stomach ulcers
NSAIDs are also known to destroy the natural gut biome.
Though there is the risk of side effects, this is a quick and easy way to relieve severe and acute pain.
2. STRETCH IT OUT
Heel pain is typically a side effect of tight muscles and connective tissues. Stretching is a simple and easy solution.
Stretching not only relieves heel pain but also strengthens your muscles and can help reduce the frequency of heel pain episodes. There are a variety of ways to stretch.
Stretches you may want to try:
- Rolling stretch
- Forefoot stretch
- Calf stretch
- Resistance stretch
- Toe curls
Want to learn more about these heel pain stretches? Check out our blog 5 Stretches To Reduce Your Heel Pain.
3. RELAX & MASSAGE
A good massage can help reduce stiffness and swelling by relieving tension in the muscles and promoting healing blood flow.
Try going for a deeper massage by targeting pressure points. It may feel uncomfortable while working out the kinks, but you will feel the results in the end.
You can even get a great massage by sitting in a chair and rolling your foot on a tennis ball or frozen water bottle.
For more tips on deep tissue massages check out our blog Deep Tissue Massage For Foot Pain.
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