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6 tips to relieve heel pain

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Upon awakening, support, or even following a trauma, a person may be prone to heel pain. Known under the name of plantar talalgia, these pains can be localized on the level of the sole of the foot or in its posterior part. Usually, this pain is mild and has no particular health consequences other than recurrent discomfort. But it can happen that this pain is throbbing and considerably affects the daily life of a person. To overcome heel pain, there are some simple tips that can be life-saving.

Heel pain is a very common problem that can occur at any age. This pain is caused by inflammation of the plantar fascia, a   fibrous membrane attached to the heel bone and connecting it to the phalanges of the foot. According to  Dr Xavier Loniewski, orthopedic surgeon, “most of the time, this type of pain occurs under the heel”. The specialist specifies that it is most often an “inflammation of the insertion of the plantar aponeurosis”.

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Causes and symptoms of heel pain 

We can distinguish between plantar heel pain, which manifests in the soles of the feet,  and posterior heel pain, which sits in the back of the heel.

Plantar heel pain 

Heel pain is the most common cause of heel pain. It can be due to physical exercise such as running, overweight that causes continuous pressure on the heel, damage to the static of the foot, or even age. These pains mainly occur when you put pressure on the heels: when standing, when walking, or climbing stairs. “Sometimes this pain radiates to the front of the sole of the foot, but it usually appears gradually,” says  Prof. Carlos Maynou, head of the department at the Lille University Hospital. Those who suffer from this condition can evoke a sensation of “nail stuck in the heel”, explains the surgeon.

Posterior talalgia 

Posterior talalgia is manifested by pain that occurs during sports or while walking. Generally, these ailments give rise to swelling, redness or even edema which can be painful on the backside of the heel. We can distinguish a talalgia of mechanical origin which can occur in young people and which is accentuated when wearing tight shoes or an insertion Achilles tendinopathy. The latter is a condition that generally affects mature athletes with a history of diabetes.

6 tips to relieve heel pain
To soothe heel pain, there are simple and effective remedies:

The grandmother tip
Some ingredients that Mother Nature offers us are full of therapeutic properties.

To prepare your pain reliever cream, you will need:

– 30 drops of wintergreen essential oil

– 500 ml of jojoba or avocado oil

Gently massage to make the components of the mixture penetrate. These have natural analgesic and anti-inflammatory effects that will help you deal with heel pain.

Acupuncture
Acupuncture is one of the most widely used therapies in traditional Chinese medicine. It helps to balance the vital energy in order to improve the functioning of the organs. Using fine needles, the practitioner stimulates points located in the meridians in order to promote the circulation of energy throughout the human body.

Localized massage
To alleviate heel pain, you can do deep massages with an herbal pain reliever cream. Massage your heel in circular motions and taking the time to work out the compounds of the remedy.

Physiotherapy
Among the most effective pain treatments is physiotherapy. Practiced by professionals, it allows you to combine various techniques to relieve pain.

Stretching
To soothe your ailments, it is essential to stretch yourself before proceeding to movements or before indulging in a sport. Gentle muscle awakening is required, especially if you suffer from heel pain.

The use of a sole
There are orthopedic insoles that help relieve heel pain. They reduce the pressure exerted by the body weight, reduce shock and fight against heel spines