Heel Pain for months

I’ve had minor pain in my left heel for a couple of months now. The pain started gradually and seems to be isolated to the center of my heel. It gets worse the longer I’m on my feet. I ice it and take ibuprofen but that only seems to work temporarily. I don’t think it’s plantar fascitis, but perhaps a spur or stress fracture. What steps can I take to try and heal on my own? I have not seen a Dr. Thank you.

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  1. Foot.com

    Hello and thank you for your question. Sounds like you are experiencing plantar fasciitis. Heels spurs really are not a cause of pain and often not a diagnosis given to patients. In addition stress fractures are very rare in the heel bone so it is most likely that it is a soft tissue pain you are experiencing. I’d suggest ensuring you are wearing supportive footwear and possibly insoles such as Lynco (www.aetrex.com). I’d also start rolling your foot on a golf ball or lacrosse ball for 10 minutes every night followed by either 5 minutes of calf stretching or use of a dorsal night splint. If you do the above every day for 7 – 10 days and your pain persists then I’d suggest seeing a Podiatrist. You may benefit from a steroid injection. I hope this helps!

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