Heel pain is a pretty common problem and can be quite unpleasant. It can be caused by numerous factors such as plantar fasciitis (an inflammation in the bottom of the foot); calcaneal spur (a bony outgrowth from the calcaneal tuberosity) or tarsal tunnel syndrome.
There are many ways with which you can reduce the pain in your heel, including a few natural ones. Of course, they don’t work quite as fast as conventional solutions and you shouldn’t be discouraged after one try. If the pain doesn’t go away for a while, it’s best to visit a doctor who can detect the underlying problem and treat the pain appropriately. Sometimes, the only solution is surgery, although we suggest trying other solutions first.
Natural ways of healing heel and foot pain
Before going any further, the best solution for heel or foot pain is rest. There are many reasons that can cause the pain in your foot and all the treatment begin with relaxation. Stretches can help as well – try some of them in the morning and repeat them during the day if you have the time. Stretching can relieve different kinds of pain.
If the problem is caused by a calcaneal spur, there’s one funny solution. As the pain is pretty sharp and located in the middle of the sole, you should slam your heel in the ground a couple of times a day. Of course, you should take things slow and easy – the slamming shouldn’t be so hard that it hurts. Start with 5 hits in the morning followed by 15 hits during the day. Increase the hits day by day, but if your sole starts hurting more than usual, you need to stop.
Massaging the painful sole with ice can also relieve the pain. However, you should never put the ice cube directly on your skin – wrap it up in a napkin first in order to prevent skin burns. The feeling of coolness can ease the pain and get rid of it completely after a while. This method can be tried a couple of times a day for 10-15 minutes.
If the pain is unbearable, a potato compress can help. Wash and peel one potato, then grate it and put it in a gauze. Apply the gauze on the painful area and secure it nicely, then wrap a plastic bag over it and put on your socks. Change the potato compress every day and repeat the process for 7-10 days.
An unusual mixture of salt and honey can reduce the pain in your heel. Mix both ingredients in equal amounts, then apply the paste on the painful spot and wrap with a plastic bag. Put on your socks in the end and go to bed, and the pain should be reduced by the morning.
There are many combinations of vegetables that can reduce the pain such as black radish, carrots, honey and cabbage leaves, iodine, salt and honey as well as a mixture of cabbage leaves, integral flour and onions. All these combinations have helped many people against foot pain and should be applied day-by-day.
Ginger is another natural ingredient that can help. You can either drink green tea a few times a day or grate some and put it on the painful area. Ginger compresses have been known to help as well. Finally, crushed hot peppers mixed with olive oil and applied on the area can also help reduce the pain.
Tips for preventing heel pain
In order to prevent pain in your heels, you need to make sure that you’re not exerting too much pressure on your heel. If you’re spending too much time on your legs, rest them as much as you can. Of course, wearing comfortable and avoiding tight shoes should be a priority. When you’re not at work, try walking barefoot in order to relax your feet.