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Heel Pain

Heal your Heel Pain with Ayurveda

Blog timeMay 16, 2024

What is heel pain?

Heel pain refers to discomfort or pain experienced in the heel area, typically at the underside or back of the heel, leading to Heel Pain or Heel Discomfort. It can range from mild to severe and may occur intermittently or persistently. There are also many home remedies also which can cure heel pain. We will discuss about the Heel Pain Ayurvedic treatment:

Causes of Heel Pain:

Heel discomfort can be caused by various factors, including:

  • Issues related to diabetes.
  • Issues related to obesity.
  • Jogging excessively specially on the hard surfaces.
  • Wearing tight-fitted shoes/uncomfortable shoes.
  • Regularly wearing high heeled shoes that doesn’t suit you heel arch and leads to aching heel pain.
  • Sudden jumps, Example- jumping from bed to flat surface.

Conditions of Heel Pain:

Heel pain refers to discomfort or pain in the heel area, often caused by conditions such as plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendinitis, heel spurs, stress fractures, or bursitis. It can range from mild to severe and may be exacerbated by activities like walking or standing.

1.    Plantar Fasciitis:

This is one of the most common causes of heel pain. It occurs due to inflammation of the plantar fascia, a thick band of tissue that runs across the bottom of the foot and connects the heel bone to the toes. Plantar fasciitis often causes sharp or stabbing pain in the heel, especially with the first steps in the morning or after long periods of rest.

plantar fasciitis- condition of heel pain

2.    Achilles Tendinitis:

Inflammation of the Achilles tendon, which connects the calf muscles to the heel bone, can cause pain at the back of the heel. This condition often occurs due to overuse, improper footwear, or tight calf muscles.

achilles tendinitis

3.    Heel Spurs:

A heel spur is a bony growth that forms on the underside of the heel bone. While heel spurs themselves may not always cause pain, they can irritate surrounding tissues, leading to and heel discomfort, especially when walking or standing for long periods.

heel spurs

4.    Bursitis:

A fibrous small fluid-filled sacs that cushion and lubricate the joints known as Bursa, can occur in the heel area, leading to pain, swelling, and tenderness.


5.    Stress Fractures:

Tiny cracks or fractures in the heel bone (calcaneus) can occur due to repetitive stress or overuse. Stress fractures may cause localized pain, swelling, and tenderness in the heel area.

Home remedies for Heel Pain:

There are several home remedies that may help alleviate heel pain with ayurveda and provide relief from discomfort. It’s essential to note that these remedies may be most effective for mild cases of heel pain and may not fully resolve underlying conditions. Here are some home remedies to consider for heel pain ayurvedic treatment:

  • Rest
  •  Epsom Salt bath: It can help in relaxation of muscles
  • Apply ice packs or cold compresses
  • Stretching Exercises: Stretching can help relieve tension in the heel area and improve flexibility.
  • Foot Massage: Use gentle pressure and circular motions during the massage.
  • Footwear modifications
  • Usage of comfortable shoes
  • Avoid wearing high-heeled shoes
  • Avoid wearing barefoot on cold surfaces

Effective ways to alleviate Ankle Discomfort:

According to Ayurveda, heel pain can occur due to an excess of the Vata dosha, which governs movement and is associated with dryness, coldness, and instability. Heel pain Ayurvedic treatment focus on pacifying Vata dosha, reducing inflammation, and promoting tissue healing. This may involve herbal remedies such as Triphala Guggulu and Mahamasha Taila, external therapies like Abhyanga (oil massage) with warm herbal oils, dietary modifications.

1.    Herbal Poultices:

Prepare a poultice by mixing equal parts of turmeric powder and ginger powder with a small amount of warm water to form a paste. Apply this paste to the affected heel and leave it on for 15-20 minutes before rinsing off with warm water. Both turmeric and ginger possess anti-inflammatory properties that can help alleviate pain and reduce inflammation in the heel area.

2.    Foot Soaks:

Prepare a foot soak by adding a few drops of peppermint essential oil or Eucalyptus oil to warm water. Soak your feet in this solution for 15-20 minutes to relax the muscles, reduce pain, and promote healing.

3.    Kolakulathadi Choorna:

It is applied externally for the relief for the condition of heel spur. By applying this choorna with water in the form of paste over the affected heels and letting it dry for over 4 hours can help bring the heel pain under control.

4.    Triphala Guggulu:

Triphala Guggulu, a classical Ayurvedic formulation, contains a blend of herbs known for their anti-inflammatory properties. It can be taken internally under the guidance of an Ayurvedic practitioner to help reduce inflammation and alleviate heel pain.


How should I stop the pain in my heel?

Some Ayurvedic remedies you can try: massage with ayurvedic oils, apply turmeric, Epsom salt soak, ashwagandha, lifestyle modifications.

What deficiency causes heel pain or heel discomfort?

Chronic pain in the heel, or the over exertion through legs and standing for too long can be a deficiency cause for having heel pain.

Can heel pain be a symptom of diabetes?

Yes, heel pain can sometimes be a symptom of diabetes. However, it’s essential to note that heel pain can have various causes, and diabetes is just one of them.

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Siddhi Jain