‘Tis the season for trick or treating and all the spookiness that goes along with it, from decorations to costumes. If you’re a parent, chances are you’re familiar with the duties of dressing up and tramping around your neighborhood with a little one looking for candy.
Some places and people are into the spookier aspects of Halloween, decorating and dressing in hopes to shock or startle. Few things are as frightening as walking around all evening with heel pain, though, whether or not ghosts and witches are involved. Fortunately, you can treat your feet and soothe your discomfort pretty easily, even after a night on the go.
Heel pain can have plenty of different causes, which may affect the best remedies for it. There are a few easy methods you can try to soothe your discomfort at home:
Ice it – Apply ice to the area of your heels that hurts the most. This helps reduce swelling and any irritation in the tissues, as well as relieves your discomfort.
Prop up your feet – Take a break from standing and walking by propping your feet up on pillows or a cushioned seat.
Stretch them out – Do stretches that impact the tissues that connect to your heel bone, like plantar stretches and wall stretches for your calves.
Wear cushy shoes – Shoes that have cushioned soles and plenty of arch support help reduce the pressure on your heel bones, so switch to wearing them when you do walk around.
The key is to alleviate the pressure on and irritation in your heels. Remember, heel pain isn’t normal, so you shouldn’t have to live with it. If you’re struggling with persistent heel pain, and basic home care to soothe it isn’t helping, it might be time for more involved remedies.
Connect with our team at Gulf South Foot & Ankle, LLC in Metairie, LA, for more information or an appointment. Just call (504) 708-4810 or use the online forms to reach us.