Heel pain in athletes is often caused by plantar fasciitis. Although rest and time is required for a complete recovery, these treatment tips and products may help you reduce heel pain, and recover faster and more comfortably.
Performing one specific stretch has been shown to relieve the pain of plantar fasciitis by stretching the plantar fascia -- the band of tough connective tissue that runs along the bottom of the foot to the heel. Three sets of ten repetitions performed each day have shown to decrease both the intensity of pain and to decrease pain upon taking the first steps in the morning.
Wearing a night splint has been shown to reduce the length of recovery time for many people dealing with plantar fasciitis. Night splints come in a variety of styles, but the overall goal of the splint is to keep the foot flexed at night so the plantar fascia doesn't shorten and tighten up while sleeping, which makes morning pain and irritation much more likely.