Since introducing Heel No Pain in one formula for athletes and another for high heel wearers, I’ve often been asked when it is appropriate to dose your feet with pain relief and when you should seek professional help from a podiatrist.
The answer is that if it’s a structural problem, chronic discomfort or an injury after an accident, you most definitely need to seek medical attention. Serious pain in the foot and ankles won’t just go away if you ignore it because the area is subject to so much weight, stress and repetitive pressure day after day.
That said, there are less serious examples of foot pain that you can treat quite nicely yourself with:
- Rest – Overuse injuries and feet that ache from standing all day will benefit most from just getting off them, putting them into an Epsom salt soak or elevating them to get the blood flowing in a different direction.
- Ice – Muscle strain, inflammation and swelling all respond well to being iced. If you don’t own a commercial better alternative to melting ice cubes in a plastic bag is a bag of frozen peas which can be molded around the sore area.
- Massage – This not only feels good (ahhhhh), but can help relax the rest of your body.
- Removing the source of the pain – If the shoe doesn’t fit, take it off.
Neither Heel No Pain/Active nor Heel No Pain/Style by Biochemistry are intended as a substitute for medical treatment. Heel No Pain/Active and Heel No Pain/Style are non-prescription products for the temporary relief of discomfort in the feet. If pain is chronic, follows an injury or lasts for more than three days without ceasing, see an appropriate physician or health care professional.