Boots WebMD Partners in Health
Return To Boots

Health A-Z

Heel pain - What treatments work for heel pain?

BMJ Group Medical Reference

The pain in your heel should go away by itself with time.

Until then you may find you're in a lot of pain and want some treatment. There are different things you can try, but we don't really know how much they will help.

  • You can try a warm footbath or take a painkiller, to see if it helps.

  • You might want to rest your foot. And stick to sports that don't involve putting too much weight on your foot, such as cycling and swimming.

  • Wearing specially made insoles to support your foot may reduce pain and make it easier to move around.

  • Having your heel taped up may also help to reduce pain, although we're not sure how long the benefit will last.

  • Doing exercises to stretch your plantar fascia (the band of tissue connecting your heel to the ball of your foot) may help in the long run.

  • Other treatments include lasers, night splints, ultrasound, and shockwave therapy. But there's not much evidence that these treatments really work for heel pain.

Treatments for heel pain

Treatments that are likely to work Treatments that need further study Treatments that are unlikely to work


For references related to Heel pain click here.
Last Updated: March 02, 2011
This information does not replace medical advice.  If you are concerned you might have a medical problem please ask your Boots pharmacy team in your local Boots store, or see your doctor.
Next Article:

Stay informed

Sign up for BootsWebMD's free newsletters.
Sign Up Now!

Popular Slideshows & Tools on Boots WebMD

woman looking at pregnancy test
Early pregnancy symptoms
donut on plate
The truth about sugar addiction
womans toned abdomen
A workout for a toned tummy
Which exercises are safe?
hand extinguishing cigarette
13 best tips to stop smoking
Immune-boosting foods
The role of diet
18 secrets men want you to know
boy looking at broccoli
Quick tips for feeding picky eaters
hamburger and fries
A guide for beginners
salmon dinner
A diet to boost your mood & energy
polka dot dress on hangar
Lose weight without dieting