Rest. And avoid running, standing for a long time or walking on hard surfaces. Put ice on the heel for up to 20 minutes, three times a day. Try heel cups or wedges in shoes.
When to seek immediate medical care
See a health care professional immediately if there is:
- Severe pain and swelling.
- Heel pain caused by injury.
- A problem flexing or bending the foot downward.
- No way to walk comfortably.
- Fever associated with numbness or tingling in the heel.
When to make a doctor's appointment
Make an appointment to see a health care professional if heel pain:
- Happens at rest.
- Lasts or worsens over a few weeks or more despite home care.
- Limits the ability to work or do daily tasks.
Last Updated May 12, 2023