Resources for Chronic Heel Pain
The following are a list of heel pain related links that contain information and products that may be helpful for you. Please explore the sites and educate yourself on this topic before deciding on a treatment strategy. I always recommend trying the most simple and least invasive types of treatment before resorting to something more radical.
1.www.footsmart.com This is a great site that has a custom built orthotic for $99. That’s a lot cheaper that the ones made by an orthopedic clinic, which range in the $600’s.
2.www.heel-pain-store.com This site has an excellent explanation of Plantar Faciitis and gives their program for a combination treatment: liquid orthotics and night splints. They also offer a great line of arch support flip flips which I intend to purchase next Spring! I’ll let you know what I think! You can also receive a free e-book which outlines all the stretches you need to do, after purchasing a product.
3. www.footsolutions.com This site carries a night splint and a HUGE variety of shoes and SANDALS (yeah!) with orthotic supports.
4. www.plantar-fasciitis.org This site carries a gel-type insert and night splints. It also has an open message board where you can ask questions!
5. www.plantar-fasciitistreatment.com This site has some excellent diagrams and explanation. There are also lots of supplies for taping, stretching, strengthening and icing your feet, as well as a great line of arch supporting running shoes and Crocs©. There’s also a nifty “When Will I Be Pain Free?” calculator. You have to sign up by email to get your estimate. I answered the questions using my symptoms from last fall (the onset of my 2nd bout of heel pain) and sure enough, it calculated when I would be pain free fairly accurately at about the middle of June. I'd say I was nearly pain free by the end of July.
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