Foot pain or heel pain is quite unbearable and there are many reasons for developing heel pain. The most common causes of heel pain are bone spurs, plantar fasciitis, tendonitis and bursitis.
Sometimes pain in the heel can develop due to over pronation of feet, standing for prolonged period of time, wearing improper foot wear and being overweight. It is best to ascertain the underlying cause of heel pain before you try to find a treatment for it. If the pain is chronic, then there are a few home remedies that will help in alleviating the pain.
Effective Home Remedies for Heel Pain
One of the most effective and quick way to get relief from heel pain is to opt for a foot massage. Although you can book yourself at a spa for a foot massage, a regular massage at home works just as well.
Heat a few tablespoons of jojoba oil or olive oil and two to three drops of clove oil in it. Now massage this oil blend all over your feet and long strokes, making sure that you pay special attention to the heel area. Massaging with this hot oil for 20-30 minutes will definitely help to relieve the pain.
Hot Water Soak
To get instant relief from heel pain there is nothing more effective than a nice hot water foot soak. Add a tablespoon of Epsom salt and a few drops of lavender essential oil to a bucket or large bowl of steaming hot water.
Test the temperature of water by carefully dipping your toe in it. If the water is too hot, add a mug of cold water. Once the temperature of the water is comfortable but still hot, soak your feet in the water. After 20-25 minutes, remove feet from water and pat dry.
Add three to four drops of ginger oil to a tablespoon of olive oil. Rub this oil all over the heel and feet for 15-20 minutes. Ginger contains anti-inflammatory properties that is reported to alleviate pain. This home remedy should be followed twice a day to get maximum results.
For reducing pain and inflammation of the heel apply ice on the area. Place a few ice cubes into a ziplock bag and wrap the bag in a tea towel. Place this over your heel for 15-20 minutes two to three times a day. This will reduce inflammation and provide you relief from pain.
Although rest is very important if you are suffering from heel pain, being completely inert can also be counterproductive. Some simple calf stretches can help in easing the pain and prevent heel pain from occurring in the future.
Most of the times, pain in the heel is due to wearing improper footwear. High heels, narrow shoes and shoes with inadequate cushioning can cause swelling and inflammation of the heel. If you are suffering from heel pain than avoid wearing close-fitted shoes and high heels. Also avoid wearing flats as they do not provide adequate cushioning and support to your feet. Opt for insoles and heel cups to protect your feet.
These were a few natural remedies for alleviating heel pain. If these treatments don’t work and you have searing and intense pain, then it is best that you see a podiatrist immediately.
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