According to Daniel D. Michaels, DPM, a doctor of podiatry and podiatric surgery at Reconstructive Foot & Ankle Institute, LLC, the most frequent complaint most podiatrists hear from their patients is heel pain. The pain can be under the heel or along the side or back of the heel and does not go away with rest and icing. The first step in dealing with heel pain is determining the cause.
Once a cause has been identified, treatment can include resting from activities that cause or aggravate the pain, different shoes, orthotics, and stretching exercises such as massaging your arch, rolling your foot over a tennis ball or a frozen water bottle, or stretching your calf muscles. Sometimes, when these treatments fail, surgery may be needed, but most people recover from foot pain without surgery.
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