How to Treat Back of Heel Pain

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The back of your heel can be a very sensitive and painful area after an injury. Find out how to treat pain on the back of your heel with help from a doctor in this free video clip.

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Hi I'm Tara Pollak, physical therapist at "Evolution Physical Therapy" here to teach you how to treat pain in the back of your heel. Heel pain is usually caused by a condition called Plantar Fasciitis so make sure that you visited your physician or your orthopedic surgeon or your podiatrist to help diagnose the cause of your heel pain. One of the exercises that I prescribe for people with heel pain is to help to massage the tissue on the bottom of the heel or the Plantar Fascia by rolling your heel on a golf ball. This is something very easy that you can do at home or even at work. You are going to place the golf ball under your heel and applying some firm pressure you're just going to massage your heel on the golf ball. You can do this for about two or three minutes and this just helps to soften up or loosen up the fascia that's on the bottom of the heel. You can also use ice or a cold pack to help with any heel pain as well. So after you're done rolling on the golf ball for a few minutes, an ice pack for may 10 to 20 minutes would also be appropriate. Again if you have any increased pain with this exercise, go ahead and consult a skilled physical therapist and they can help you treat the pain in the back of your heel more appropriately. I'm Tara and this is how to treat pain in the back of your heel.

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