Alternative Names Pain - heel Home Care Rest as much as possible for at least a week. Apply ice to the painful area. Do this at least twice a day for 10 to 15 minutes, more often in the first couple of days. Take acetaminophen for pain or ibuprofen for pain and inflammation. Wear proper-fitting shoes. A heel cup, felt pads in the heel area, or an orthotic device may help. Night splints can stretch the injured fascia and allow it to heal. Additional steps: Apply moleskin to avoid pressure if you have bursitis. See a physical therapist to learn stretching and strengthening exercises. These help prevent plantar fasciitis or Achilles tendinitis from returning. Call your health care provider if Your pain is getting worse despite home treatment There is little progress after 2 to 3 weeks of home treatment Your pain is sudden and severe You have redness or swelling of your heel or you cannot bear weight What to expect at your health care provider's office Your doctor will take your medical history and perform...
Pain or discomfort can be felt anywhere in the foot, including the heel, toes, arch, instep, sole, or ankles.
Pain - foot
Foot pain can be caused by:
-- a protrusion at the base of the big toe, which can become inflamed. Bunions often develop over time from wearing narrow-toed shoes.
-- toes that curl downward into a claw-like position.
Calluses and corns
-- thickened skin from friction or pressure. Calluses are on the balls of the feet or heels. Corns appear on your toes.
Plantar warts -- from pressure on the soles of your feet.
-- also called flat feet.
Poorly fitting shoes often cause these problems. Aging and being overweight also increase your chances of having foot problems.
Morton's neuroma is a...
More than three fourths (78%) of American adults age 21 or older have had one or more problems with their feet at some time in their lives, according to the National Foot Health Assessment 2012 1 . While Ankle Sprains top the list of problems we have experienced, among the top five after Sprains are Blisters (anywhere on the foot), Calluses, Foot Fatigue, Cracked Skin, and Athlete’s Foot. Women in general are more likely than men to suffer from problems with their feet and significantly more likely than men to report suffering from Calluses, Foot Fatigue, Cracked Skin, Ingrown toenails, Blisters, Swelling, Plantar Fasciitis, and Corns. While nearly one in five (16%) consider the health of their feet to be “excellent,” about half of those adults interviewed (54%) were currently experiencing at least one of the foot ailments listed in the survey. While most people only experience mild to moderate pain, as self-reported in this research, there are those...
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