Is the pain maximum early morning and when you get up after some rest?
Have you taken any treatment?
Are you diabetic?
Are you on any medications?
Too much stress on the heel bone can cause injury to fascia, bones and ligaments of heel. Being over weight can cause tendinitis, bursitis or fasciitis, which is inflammation of the tissue around the bone. Treatments of these problems entail rest, anti-inflammatory analgesic medicines, physical therapy, orthosis and special shoes.
One of the commonest cause of heel pain is plantar fasciitis. Apart from the general measures, I have mentioned, it may require steroid shots in the heel for the management. Read about the details here:
You can do the following measures;
Motrin 400 mg thrice a day.
Contrast bath: alternate hot and cold bath of foot in two buckets for one minute each for total 5-7 minutes.
Avoid being on your feet for continuously for more than 30 minutes. Sit for 5 minutes in between.
Raise your shoe heel by 2 cms.
Local analgesic spray.
Reduction in weight would help in long term management. So do the learning of exercises by physical therapist.
The heel pain you have seems to be because of condition called as plantar fasciitis. Since you have already tried Ibuprofen (Motrin), you will have to take some prescription anti-inflammatory analgesics. Steroid shots in the heels can also be tried by your doctor. Foot arch in shoes are available as OTC products which helps in overcoming the pain and management of abnormal strains on foot because of flat foot. Physical therapy and deep therapy (electrotherapy done in physiotherapy clinics) like iontophoresis, ultrasound, electrical stimulation, paraffin wax bath etc also help in managing pain.
Dear XXXXX Mbele,
There are few things which definitely after a particular stage is managed by a physician. Then there is a limitation of online consultation. With a flat foot, reducing weight will help you in long term. It can be a bit difficult because of your built but with your determination, I think you will be able to do it.
Please keep in touch.
Dr. Arun Phophalia
Nice to hear from you. Keep it up.
You are welcome.