There are quite a few reasons why you might be experiencing foot pain or painful heels. It could be that too much walking or standing can be the culprit, or perhaps you have been standing improperly. It will be an idea for you to go to see a foot physician (podiatrist) and have them take look if it doesn’t get any better.
It’s amazing how many people don’t stand or walk on their feet correctly, probably me included. You might find that using orthotics will be an easy way to fix these simple problems. Again, a podiatrist will help sort this out for you.
Although you may not feel the pain directly on your heel, sore feet may indicate that you have bursitis. Although bursitis usually affects other parts of the body, the small sacs of fluid that act as a cushion can become inflamed. Again, it will be a good idea to see your doctor as soon as possible. However, this could simply be because of weight problems. Don’t forget – your feet support the entire weight of your body and if you are a little on the heavy side, your feet will be first to complain.
If any foot pain persists, please see your doctor for an appropriate diagnosis and treatment.
If you are experiencing pain and discomfort directly on the heel or pain in the heel of the foot or in the arch of your foot, you could be suffering from Plantar Fasciitis. Put simply, this problem is a inflammation and swelling of the plantar fascia tissue that links from your heel bone, across the sole of your foot to your toes.
You may find that the pain is worse first thing in the mornings as the fascia tissue has contracted overnight, making each step painful. Doing simple exercises each day or using a frozen ice bottle to roll under your feet help enormously.
Orthotics Heel Spurs.
It is not uncommon for people who have suffered from Plantar Fasciitis to also get heel spurs, possibly one in each heel. I suffered terribly with these for about 2 years. To help with the pains, I purchased 2 half shoe orthotics, and made sure that I used them at all times and it took about 3 months for the discomfort to go.
Heel spurs are build-ups of bone where the plantar fascia tissue does not quite join to the bone and they look a little like a claw. The orthotics were the only thing that helped me deal with the soreness and pain. I did not want to opt for having an operation or injections which I have heard can be quite painful. It might also be an idea to not use tight or high heeled shoes if you have heel spurs.
If you have to purchase full fitting shoes. try getting them at a half size bigger. This will help you fit the orthotics more easily. Try and make use of Trainers with the orthotics in at all times – ideally, use orthotics in all of your shoes.
The orthotic helps raise and support your plantar fascia directly underneath the part of the foot where the heel meets the arch of your foot. These help the heel’s supporting area and provides natural structural reinforcements to prevent any collapse or problems of the sole of the foot. They are easy to find and you can purchase them from a local drugstore.