Heel pain is a common foot problem. Pain is normally felt under the heel or just behind it where the Achilles tendon attaches to the heel bone. Sometimes you may have pain at the side of the heel. Often the pain starts off mild but it can become severe and may affect your everyday activities.
Most type of heel pain resolves itself naturally. You can use simple at-home treatments such as resting the foot and using ice to reduce swelling. Wearing comfortable shoes and using heel pads can also help to ease the symptoms. However, some heel pain can become chronic. Pain that is severe or that has lasted for two weeks or longer requires investigation. It is also important to seek a diagnosis for heel pain if you have diabetes, as feet problems can have serious implications.