Harvard Men's Health Watch

Best steps to soothe heel pain

Heel pain caused by plantar fasciitis often improves after a few weeks of rest, icing, anti-inflammatory pain relievers, and frequent stretching and massage. If conservative measures don’t work within three months, surgery and other treatments could be considered. These are more invasive, don’t always work, and can carry risks and out-of-pocket costs. It’s best to exhaust nonsurgical options first and give them adequate time to take effect.
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