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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

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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.
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