Don't bother; foot pain relief can be got at home by using simple and natural home treatments. For selecting appropriate treatment , the sufferer should understand the symptoms, causes and diagnosis of plantar fasciitis. Intolerable foot pain , pain in the arch of foot , in the ball of foot , in the heel of foot and in the high arch are the symptoms that arise from causes such as stress on the heel, some form of arthritis, tendency of the foot to roll inward upon walking, wearing incorrect shoes and age-related loss of resiliency in the ligaments. Diagnosis is done with medical history and physical examination. The heel is the largest bone in the foot. Heel pain is the most common foot problem and affects two million Americans every year. It can occur in the front, back, or bottom of the heel. Bursitis of the Heel. Bursitis of the heel is an inflammation of the bursa, a small sack of fluid tissue, beneath the heel bone. Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome. Tarsal tunnel syndrome results from compression to a nerve that runs through a narrow passage behind the inner ankle bone down to the heel. It is caused by injury to the ankle, such as a sprain or fracture, or by a growth that presses against the nerve. Treatment for Bursitis. NSAIDs and steroid injections will help relieve pain from bursitis. Applying ice and massaging the heel is also beneficial. A heel cup or soft padding in the heel of the shoe will reduce direct impact when walking. Treatment for Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome. Pain from tarsal tunnel syndrome may be relieved by treatment with orthotics, specially designed shoe inserts, to help redistribute weight and take pressure off the nerve. Corticosteroid injections may also help. Surgery is sometimes performed to relieve pressure on the nerve, but unfortunately, studies are showing that this surgery is often not beneficial. There are many different factors that can lead to arch pain. Often arch pain can result from a direct cause such as a foot injury or a structural imbalance of the foot, such as flat feet or a low or high arch. However, the most frequent cause of arch pain is a common condition known as plantar fasciitis. The most common symptoms of arch pain are tenderness and pain in the arch region of the foot. Pain is usually severe when pressure is applied to the foot after a prolonged period of rest, such as after waking up from sleep. Athlete's foot is an infection that occurs when specific type of fungus invades the feet and specifically targets the moist spaces between the toes. Athlete's foot typically brings a burning sensation and makes the skin itchy. Even the soles of the affected foot, typically produce an unusual stinging sensation. In some cases, the invasion of fungus leads to formation of itchy blisters in between the toes. Arnica components of the arnica plant are thought to have anti-inflammatory powers. Arnica is beneficial for healing aches and pains away wonderfully. Soak your feet in a warm Arnica foot soak for 15 minutes, Alternatively you add Chamomile to your regular bath. Our feet function as a shock absorber and cushion during exercise on up to 1 million pounds of force. On walking and running, it supports 1.5 times of our weight. These are some reasons why the feet are very prevalent to injury. It is one if not the most common foot pain cause. This is caused by irritation of the plantar fascia, which extends from the heel to the toes. Pain is usually felt at the bottom of the foot Pain is more commonly felt upon waking up in the morning. Plantar fasciitis is a painful foot condition which can strike any part of the underside of the foot between the heel and the toes. The condition affects a structure called the plantar fascia, which is a band of fibrous tissue which connects the heel to the ball of the foot. Its function is to support the foot arch and help hold the foot's shape. It has been estimated that the structure carries as much as 14% of the load of the foot, so it is no surprise that it is prone to injury. Pain and tenderness in a specific area for a prolonged period of time is telltale sign of a possible problem. A few insights into when you feel the pain will be helpful in identifying the problem and finding a possible solution. Is the pain affected by weight bearing, or do you feel it when there is movement of the foot? Does it affect the way you walk? The Achilles tendon is the largest tendon in the human body. However, this tendon is also the most common site of rupture or tendonitis, an inflammation of the tendon due to overuse. Try wearing larger shoes and don't tie your shoe laces quite so tight. (Remember when buying shoes that your feet swell when you run, especially over long distances). In the case of a bone spur, try taking some of the pressure off of the bone. Cut a piece of foam rubber (about 1/4" thick) to make a doughnut-shaped pad that fits over the bone spur. Either put it on before running or glue it to the tongue of your running shoe. First, ease off on the miles and cut out the hills and speedwork. When you do run, make sure your calves and hamstrings are well stretched.