Does you heel pain prevent you to do the everyday activities? Heel pain may occur as a result of inflammation of the plantar fasciitis, which represents a flexible band of the tissue, which is found beneath the feet sole. The main symptoms of the plantar fasciitis are stiffness, pain, and burning at the bottom of the feet. This flexible band of the tissue serves as a connection between the toes bones and heel bone, thus forming the feet arch.

Plantar fasciitis may be harmed by doing everyday activities, such as: jogging or walking, which may lead to serious pain that is usually felt after taking a long rest or in the morning. If you suffer from obesity, flat heel, and high arches, or if you wear inadequate shoes, the risk of plantar fasciitis is higher. It may also appear when we do some activities for a long period of time, such as: running for hours. This may strain the feet, and lead to severe heel pain, or plantar fasciitis.

However, in this article, we are going to show you how to take adequate care of your foot and how to treat heel pain, or plantar fasciitis, in a natural way. If none of these treatments are efficient, you can try some of the following natural treatments.

1. Take a rest and apply ice

When you suffer from heel pain, all you should do is to take a rest for a while. Try to avoid walking or staying for a long period of time. In addition, in order to treat heel pain you can apply ice on the painful area, and leave it for 10 – 15 minutes. Repeat this treatment several times per day in order to sooth the pain completely.

2. Wear comfortable shoes

Avoid wearing shoes which do not give enough support to your feet, but buy shoes with moderate heels and laces, which will provide support to the heels and arches. Moreover, you should avoid wearing flats. In addition, you should change the running shoes after 500 miles of walking or running in order to avoid extra strain to your foot.
In order to support your feet or heels, you should try to wear orthoses insoles. If the pain does not go away, wear them for a long period of time.

3. Straps and splints

In order to fasten the recovering process of the heels, you should wear night splints. They will help you keep your toes upward while sleeping, thus stretching Achilles tendons and plantar fasciitis and preventing the tissues to get squeezed. Another way to sooth heel pain is to use sporting straps.

4. Feet exercises

In order to enhance the flexibility of the calf muscles, ankles, or Achilles tendons, and to treat and prevent heel pain, you should do some foot exercises. When you get up, the first thing you should do is to stretch the heel with a towel. Pit it around your painful foot and pull it toward without bending the knee. Repeat this exercise three times with each foot.

Another exercise to treat heel plant is to sit on a chair and put the feet on the floor, so your heels touch each other, whereas the toes are in the opposite direction. Place the heels on the floor, but lift your toes up 10 times. While doing this exercise, the Achilles tendons and calf muscles will tighten. Repeat this exercise 5 – 6 times a day.

Another exercise that you can also try is to sit down and to roll you arch over some round object, such as: tennis ball, can or rolling pin. Repeat this exercise twice per day for each foot, even though you experience pain on just one foot. In this way, the foot balance and stability will be enhanced.

5. Acupuncture

A study, which considered stimulation of the acupuncture points Taixi, Kunlun, Sanyinjiao with needles in a period of four weeks, investigated the treatment of plantar fasciitis. According to the results, the pain was considerately soothed. However, the study has also shown that whenever this technique proves inefficient, the stimulation of some trigger points in the gastro-soles and plantar fasciitis was totally successful.

6. Ayurveda

In order to sooth heel pain, or plantar fasciitis, we advise you to try some topical and oral medication.
According to the researches, ginger and Castrol oil are very effective in the treatment of plantar fasciitis.
Consume the ginger or oil powder dissolved in water in the morning before having breakfast. Moreover, the paste of the Ayurvedic medicine kolakulathadi choornam is very efficient, too, when it is applied on the painful area topically and it is covered with castor leaves for 4 hours.

The research has already shown that nearly 70 % of the participants have suffered from plantar fasciitis and experienced pain soothing in a period of 15 days of the treatment, which consisted of ginger powder castor oil, Kolakulathadi choornam, and a limited diet, which avoided the consumption of sweets, peas, fried food, potatoes, and curd.

7. Osteopathy

Osteopathy consists of massaging the affected areas, especially massaging the muscles, joints, and bones. It is very efficient in the treatment of heel pain, or plantar fasciitis. It is mainly considered as a counter-strain technique. It uses tender points and consists of placing the human body in a 90-second position, where the person experiences the minimal pain, while the tender points are under pressure.

According to the recent study, this counter-strain technique soothes the heel pain, or plantar fasciitis, immediately, and has also shown that the effects are totally reduced within two days. That is the reason why this soothing technique is highly recommended.