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General First Aid Information



Heel pain


Rest as much as possible for at least a week.
Apply ice to the painful area. Do this at least twice a day for 10 to 15 minutes, more often in the first couple of days.
Take acetaminophen for pain or ibuprofen for pain and inflammation.
Wear proper-fitting shoes.
A heel cup, felt pads in the heel area, or an orthotic device may help.
Night splints can help some types of heel pain.

Additional steps:

See a physical therapist to learn stretching and strengthening exercises. These help prevent plantar fasciitis or Achilles tendinitis from returning.

Consult the doctor if,

Your pain is getting worse despite home treatment.
There is little progress after 2 to 3 weeks of home treatment.
Your pain is sudden and severe.
You have redness or swelling of your heel or you cannot bear weight.


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