An aching heel is a problem faced by many, especially when they get up from bed in the morning. The pain may subside after walking for sometime. However, if the person rests for a while and resumes walking, the pain would return.
Anyone aged over 30 years is at the risk of developing this pain. One reason for this situation is decrease of blood circulation to the skin and muscles around the heel.
Pain of the heel may be felt if the person spends a considerable amount of time washing clothes or doing other works that get the feet continuously moistened or wet. Other situations in which heel pain can occur include, walking barefoot over tiles or marble floors and standing for a long time on a cold surface.
Some people develop this condition when they are in an air-conditioned room or stay under a fan. Another risk factor is being in a hot and cold places between quick intervals. When cold water is sipped in an AC car after having a cup of hot tea from a restaurant, heel may develop a problem.
Others have this pain when they ride a bicycle for a considerable time. In the past, farm labourers who worked on the wet wheel to irrigate paddy fields also had heel pain.
Yet another cause for this pain is the growth of the bone at the heel. In this case, the affected person would feel excruciating pain while walking along a surface covered with sand or gravel.
In Ayurveda, the pain can be reduced if two medicinal oils – Kottamchukkadi thailam and Sahacharadi thailam – are mixed, heated a little and applied on the heel. ‘Dhara’ of this oil mixture for 20 minutes with mild heat would also help.
Another remedy is applying ‘kizhi’ (medicinal cloth pouch) on the heel with leaves of ‘madar’ tree. For this, chop the leaves into small pieces, heat them in a gentle fire and tie as a ‘kizhi’, heat it and use on the affected area. ‘Kizhi’ can also be made with cut lemon heated mildly along with rock salt.
Yet another healing method is as follows: Take a tray with 10-20 playing marbles used by kids. Pour 25 ml of the mixture of the oils mentioned earlier into the tray. Then place the affected foot over the marbles and move it in a massaging fashion.
People suffering from pain on the heel should wear socks at night and use woolen blankets while sleeping. Moreover, footwear made of rubber should be used indoors.