If I could only choose one option to deal with heel pain, it would be self-massage. Honestly, I think it’s paramount to regularly work on the soft-tissue in the arches to maintain pain-free feet. The plantar fascia, or what we know as the arches of our feet , bear the load of our bodyweight when we stand, walk, run, and so on. So why wouldn’t we take the time to break up the adhesions and increase the circulation in something that takes a daily beating? Bend your other (front) leg at the knee, and press the wall with both hands until you feel a gentle stretch on your back leg. Heel pain has many causes and is generally the result of faulty walking abnormalities that place too much stress on the heel bone and the soft tissues that attach to it. This stress may also be a result of an injury, or a bruise that occurred while walking, running or jumping on hard surfaces. In addition, it may be a result of wearing poorly constructed footwear or being overweight. Over-pronation of the feet (fallen arches + rolling inward of the feet and ankles), tight calf muscles, as well as ageing and being overweight are the main causes for the plantar fascia being overly stretched. Achilles tendonitis is another form of heel pain , but concerns the Achilles tendon which connects the heel bone to the calf muscle. It is an inflammation of this tendon usually caused by strain from repetitive movements with high impact on the heel bone. Running, dancing, and basketball are just a few examples of activities that can cause this type of injury. The more weight you carry, the more impact you are putting on your feet with each step you take, which can result in foot pain Ironically, if you suffer from foot pain , you are less likely to be active, which can lead One day you wake up, and all of a sudden you have a pain that you have never had before. The pain is in your heel. You soon discover that you can't walk like you are used to doing. It is really painful. You are not the only one who has this problem. It happens to many people, and because it happens so suddenly, they are not prepared for it. This type of pain is known as plantar fascititis. Another more common name for it is heel spur syndrome. 10.Chunky heels are much more stable than stilettos. Try to wear a wider, more supportive heel or even convert to platforms! Surgery – Only about 10 percent of the people that are afflicted with plantar fasciitis actually end up with surgery to resolve the issue. In most cases, the previously mentioned treatments work out. Doctors are reluctant to go as far as surgery. The results are not always positive and it’s possible that the results will be disappointing. Your doctor will explain the chances of success and will fill you in on the reasonable expectations you should have. With a clear resolve I decided to commence the day the right way. This meant not jumping out of bed and onto a hard floor first thing in the morning.