My name is Melinda Johnson and I suffered with foot pain for many years. I went to see a podiatrist and after an examination, I was told that I had heel spur syndrome. I followed the recommendations of my doctor by doing at home treatments along with physical therapy. I was amazed at how much these treatments helped my foot pain. Living with pain can have a big impact on your life and that's why I started this blog. My foot pain kept me from doing many things that I enjoy and I want to help others who are going through the same situation. As you browse through my blog, you'll learn about home treatments, medical procedures and new advancements in medicine that can help reduce pain. It is my hope that by writing this blog, you can live pain free too.
When you're suffering from foot pain, whether it's pain in your heel when you step or arch pain consistent with plantar fasciitis, you should call your local podiatry clinic and schedule an appointment. As a foot care professional, the podiatrist will get to the bottom of your pain and work with you on pain-prevention techniques, whether it's having orthotics made to wear in your shoes or another approach. If your appointment isn't for a few days and you're fed up with your pain, there are a handful of steps you can take on your own in the meantime to provide some degree of relief.
Ice Your Heels
Holding an ice pack against your painful heels can decrease the inflammation and provide some relief for you. While you can place ice cubes in a zipper-top bag, you can also use a standard freezer pack. Generally, it's a good idea to place a cloth over the freezer pack so that it doesn't irritate your skin. You can then place the covered pack on the floor and set your heel directly on it; you can repeat this process multiple times throughout the day in short stints.
Buy Shoe Inserts
If you visit your local pharmacy, you'll see a number of foot care products, including all manners of shoe inserts that you can use to alleviate some of your pain. These products aren't an alternative to seeking help from a podiatrist, but can provide some relief in the meantime. If the arches of your feet are sore, you can buy specialized inserts that are placed under your arches to provide some support. If your heels are sore, foam or gel heel cups can also be beneficial for providing a bit of relief from the pain, at least until your podiatrist figures out how to help you.
Stay Off Your Feet
Until you're able to get orthotics made or learn about solution to your pain at your podiatry appointment, a simple way to lessen your discomfort is to stay off your feet. Try to minimize the amount that you stand and walk throughout the day. When you do need to be on your feet, make sure that your shoes offer adequate support. Going around the house in your bare feet or socked feet, for example, can definitely contribute to your pain. It can be worthwhile to clean the soles of a pair of your comfortable shoes and designate them as your indoor shoes.