Heel Pain Home Remedies and Causes Review- 2022 Edition

 

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In the United States alone, approximately 2 million Americans suffer from heel pain each year. Heel pain is typically located on the underside of the heel, and occasionally behind it.

 

While this is rarely a symptom of a serious health condition, it can escalate to the point where normal activity, especially exercise, can be extremely painful. Although mild heel pain can commonly disappear on its own, severe pain can become persistent and chronic if ignored.

Heel Pain Causes

From simple physical activities, such as walking and standing, to more strenuous weight-bearing exercises, such as dancing and jogging, the feet are constantly subjected to significant stresses. Due to it's strategic location and function, the heel is vulnerable to damage, injury and pain.

One of the most common causes of heel pain is overuse/ repetitive exertion with inadequately supportive shoes.

What are Heel Spurs?

Believe it or not, and I can't stress this enough, heel spurs don't actually cause pain! Most heel pain is caused by a condition known as plantar fasciitis. When the plantar fascia becomes chronically inflamed, it can get calcified (hardened) where it is attached to the heel bone. This appears on an x-ray as a heel spur! But rest assured, this spur is likely not causing your pain.

The pain is likely from plantar fasciitis, or a chronic strain of the ligament on the bottom of the foot, right where it attaches to the heel. From simple physical activities, such as walking and standing, to more strenuous weight-bearing exercises, such as dancing and jogging, the feet are constantly subjected to significant stresses. Due to it's strategic location and function, this ligament is vulnerable to damage, injury and pain. One of the most common causes of heel and arch pain is overuse/ repetitive exertion with inadequately supportive shoes.

Do I Have Plantar Fasciitis Symptoms?

The typical symptoms of plantar fasciitis present themselves gradually. In most cases, pain is felt on the bottom of the heel. Discomfort can also extend into the arch. The pain is most intense when resuming activity after rest and tends to decrease with continued motion.

Plantar fasciitis can also worsen at the end of the day after long periods of standing or walking. Swelling, inflammation and stiffness are other symptoms that may be associated with this type of heel pain.

Why Is Heel Pain In The Morning Worse?

Heel pain is commonly most painful in the morning. This is due to the fact that the plantar fascia (the ligament that is strained in heel pain) tightens as we sleep. When we first step down again, a shocking pain can be felt!

Plantar fasciitis can also worsen at the end of the day after long periods of standing or walking. Swelling, inflammation and stiffness are other symptoms that may be associated with this type of heel pain.

Side Heel Pain? Inside Heel Pain? Pain In The Left Heel vs. The Right? Is It All The Same?

Plantar fasciitis most commonly causes sharp, stabbing pain right under the heel. It is most painful after the foot has been at rest. This could be when getting up in the morning or after having been seated for a long time. However, it is not uncommon to develop heel pain in other locations of the heel such as the outer side, the inside, or only the left or right heel.

How Long Before Heel Pain Goes Away?

The American Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Society has recommended the use of over-the-counter insoles and stretching exercises as a starting point for heel pain treatment.

According to one study performed, approximately 95 percent of people who wore over-the-counter shoe inserts and followed a simple stretching regimen experienced significant relief from heel pain in eight weeks. This illustrates what many have experienced in the past, that over-the-counter orthotic shoe inserts can be used as a highly effective first line of therapy for heel pain with positive results.

Home Remedy for Heel Pain (Plantar Fasciitis)?

For many, the answer is plantar fasciitis inserts, sometimes custom-made by a podiatrist. These can cost hundreds of dollars, and can often end up limiting the types of shoes you can wear.

However, nearly all cases of plantar fasciitis can be addressed with a pair of over-the-counter plantar fasciitis inserts. Not only do they average a tenth of the cost, but they are available in many different shapes and sizes, so you don't have to get rid of what's in your closet.

It sounds a little too good to be true, but once you understand more about what plantar fasciitis is, and what a good insole needs to help, you'll start to see why the solution doesn't have to break the bank.

 

Top 5 Heel Pain Inserts for 2022

🏆 "Our 2022 Top Pick" 🏆

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#1- Samurai Insoles Ninjas

Why are Samurai Insoles Ninjas our top pick for 2022 for heel pain?

✔️ Design: Samurai Insoles Ninjas are one of the few products on the market that are an ACTUAL ORTHOTIC that is not super rigid. This gives your feet the support they need to comfortably relieve plantar fasciitis.

They also can be worn in ANY shoe with a removable insole, giving you the flexibility of using them in many types of shoes! And the best part?

Because they aren't an insole made of foam and fabric, they last SO LONG!

There isn't anything to wear out, just put them under the factory insoles of a new pair of shoes and you're good to go.

✔️ Price: At $29.99 these are an absolute steal!  Custom orthotics for plantar fasciitis can easily cost more than $500. For less than 1/10 the price, these are nearly as good.

✔️ One Year Warranty: Samurai Insoles Ninjas have a one year warranty! No other product we reviewed even comes CLOSE to this. Wow!

✔️ Made in the USA: Samurai Insoles are made in an orthotic lab in the USA. The fact that an American made orthotic can be purchased for under $30 still amazes us.

 

 

#2- Protalus Insoles M100 Max Series

If you've been on the internet in the last year, you haven't sneezed without seeing a Protalus ad. They are comfy and can be very beneficial for heel pain. Protalus' hefty price tag remains their biggest negative.
✔️ Design: Protalus "kind of" has an orthotic merged with an insole. Protalus took a different approach by combining a thick piece of plastic on the bottom of the insole, instead of inside. This definitely does the job, but it also makes them thicker than Samurai Insoles, reducing the choices of shoes they'll fit in well.

❌ Price: Here's the problem with Protalus; they're so expensive! At the time of writing this the current retail is $59.95. Oof. For that kind of money you'd better REALLY love them. It also reduces the chances you'd buy a whole bunch of them to put in all of your shoes.

✔️ 90 Warranty: Protalus products have a 90 day warranty.  It's not one year like the Samurai Insoles Ninjas, but better than nothing...

❌ Made in the USA: Protalus insoles are NOT made in the USA unfortunately. For the price we had hoped they were.

#3- Superfeet Green Insoles 

Superfeet have been around a LONG time. They got their start being sold in retail sporting goods stores, and have transitioned to selling online in recent years, but this has presented the company with some challenges.

✔️ Design: If you've checked out the Protalus design, just know that the Superfeet did it first. They were one of the first to incorporate an orthotic plastic layer on the outside of the insole. Once again, this does the job, but it also makes them thicker than the Samurai, reducing the choices of shoes they'll fit well in.

✔️ Price: Superfeet are borderline in the pricey range, current retail at the time of writing this article is $49.95.

✔️ 60 Day Warranty: Superfeet green insoles come with a 60 day warranty, significantly less than Samurai Insoles Ninjas or Protalus products.

 Made in the USA: Superfeet are not made in the USA unfortunately. Once again, for this price we had hoped they would be.

#4- Dr. Scholl's Custom fit Orthotic Inserts 

 

✔️ Design: Not a full length insole, but still designed to be placed on top of your shoes factory insoles, which may make it difficult for some people to adjust to the feel of this. Once again, Dr. Scholl's Custom Fit combine a thick piece of plastic to the bottom of the insole, instead of inside.

❌ Price: Dr. Scholl's Custom fit Orthotic Inserts currently are our second most expensive selection. At the time of this article they are $49.96 retail price.

✔️ 90 Day Warranty: Dr. Scholls Custom Fit Orthotic Inserts have a 90 day warranty.

 Made in the USA: Dr. Scholl's "Custom fit" Orthotic Inserts are not made in the USA unfortunately.

 

 

 

#5- Dr. Scholl's Plantar Fasciitis Orthotics

 Design: Well, unfortunately, there isn't much of one. Dr. Scholl’s Pain Relief Orthotics for Plantar Fasciitis are a very thin insole with a *very* thin piece of plastic glued to the bottom. It's unclear how much weight they can hold before flattening out, but by the looks of it, not much.

✔️ Price: Well, they are affordable at $31.00! 

✔️ 90 Day Warranty: Dr. Scholl’s Plantar Fasciitis Orthotics have a 90 day warranty. 

 Made in the USA: Dr. Scholl's Pain Relief Orthotic Inserts are not made in the USA unfortunately.

 

Whichever you choose to fight your heel pain, choose now!

The longer you allow plantar fasciitispain to linger, the harder it is to get rid of, and the longer it will take!

 

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