Recently I've been suffering from Plantar fasciitis (plan-tur fas-e-itis) that causes heel pain. In case you have this heel pain and don't know what it is, I took some information from Mayo Clinic staffs. PLANTAR FASCIITIS is one of the most common causes of heel pain. It involves inflammation of a thick band of tissue that runs across the bottom of your foot and connects your heel bone to your toes (plantar fascia). Plantar fasciitis causes stabbing pain that usually occurs with your first steps in the morning. As you get up and move, the pain normally decreases, but it might return after long period of standing or after rising from sitting. Plantar fasciitis is common in runners, people who are overweight and those who wear shoes with inadequate support have an increased risk of plantar fasciitis. TREATMENT Most people who have plantar fasciitis recover with conservative treatments, including resting, icing the painful area and stretching in several months. MEDICATIONS Pain relievers such as ibuprofen (Advil, Mortrin IB, others) and naproxen sodium (Aleve) can ease the pain and inflammation associated with plantar fasciitis. THERAPIES Stretching and stretching exercises or use of specialized devices may provide symptom relief. These include: *physical therapy Exercise to stretch the plantar fascia and Achilles tendon and to strengthen lower leg muscles, which stabilize your ankle and hee. You can also apply athletic taping to support the bottom of your foot. *Night splints A physical therapist or doctor might recommend that you wear a splint that stretches your calf and the arch of your foot while you sleep. This holds the plantar fascia and Achilles tendon in a lengthened position overnight and facilitates stretching. LIFESTYLE AND HOME REMEDIES To reduce the pain of plantar fasciitis, *Maintain a healthy weight *Choose supportive shoes. Avoid high heels. Don't go barefoot, especially on hard surfaces. *Don't wear worn-out athletic shoes. *Change your sport. Try a low-impact sport, swimming, bicycling, instead of walking or jogging. *Apply ice. Hold a cloth-covered ice pack over the area of pain for 15 to 20 minutes three times a day or after activity. Try ice massage. Freeze a water-filled paper cup and roll it over the site of discomfort for five to seven minutes. *Stretch your arches. Source: Mayo Clinic Posted by Byung A. Fallgren *Note: This is for information only. When you have a heel pain seeing your doctor might be the best.