Your health care provider will usually first recommend heel and foot stretching exercises, anti-inflammatories, night splints and wearing a different shoes. Steps to relieve pain may include icing the affected area, a heel cup or shoe inserts.
If these treatments do not work, your provider may recommend:
- Wearing a boot cast
- Custom-made shoe inserts (orthotics)
- Steroid shots or injections into the heal
- In severe cases, foot surgery may be needed to relieve pain.
While nonsurgical treatments almost always help improve the pain, treatment can last for several months before symptoms get better. Because some patients may need surgery to relieve pain, it is important to talk to your doctor about the best treatment options for you.