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Hockey playerThe National Hockey League season is coming to an end heading into this summer, but there’s another match up that many heel pain sufferers consider—ice versus heat.  

Pain in the heels of the feet is often ignored leading to chronic discomfort.  Each step is a reminder that something is wrong, and home treatment in conjunction with care from your chiropodist is important. Heat and ice have different effects on everything they impact (think about your favorite summer ice cream)–the heels are no different.  

However, many people believe that these treatment options can be used interchangeably.  This is not the case!  Understanding their proper uses and your condition will lead to good decision making when it comes time to put your feet up and address heel pain.

Ice has two primary effects on pain in the heels—it decreases both swelling and pain. To use this technique properly, cover the skin with a thin layer of cloth for protection.  Prepare a bag of ice (crushed works the best), and leave the ice pack on the affected area for 15 minutes and then remove.  You can apply ice more than once a day, and it is the primary recommendation for heel pain sufferers.

Heat has a different effect on the heels—it actually relaxes the related muscles and tissues which encourages the flow of blood to the area.  Improved circulation brings more of the body’s healing power to the injured area. Warmth in conjunction with massage may be recommended after the acute period of your heel condition.  

You don’t have to guess whether heat or ice is best for the treatment of your heel pain.  The first step to ending this daily discomfort is an appointment with Chiropodist Tony Abbott.  Call (705) 444-9929 today to schedule an appointment at Abbott Foot & Ankle Clinic in Collingwood, ON.

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