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.
Apply moleskin to avoid pressure if you have bursitis.
See a physical therapist to learn stretching and strengthening exercises. These help prevent plantar fasciitis or Achilles tendinitis from returning.
Call your health care provider 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.