In some cases, foot specialists are noticing injuries arising from the switch to barefoot, which uses different muscles. Shod runners tend to have a longer stride and land on their heel compared with barefoot runners, who are more likely to have a shorter stride and land on the midfoot or forefoot. Injuries can occur when people transition too fast and put too much pressure on their calf and foot muscles, or don't shorten their stride and end up landing on their heel with no padding. All of a sudden, the strain going through your foot is multiplied manifold" and problems occur when people don't ease into it, he said. Inflammation can be reduced by using ice and anti-inflammatory medications. Well designed foot orthotics can not only correct the mechanics of the foot but will also allow heel spurs to become re-absorbed over time. Foot Pain In The Heel Of Foot future heel spurs and fasciitis flair-ups will also be lessoned with the regular use of orthotics. Relief by wearing good custom orthotics can be obtained within 2-3 months. Stretching the bottoms of the feet by applying downward pressure on a ball and stretching the calf muscles is usually effective. Inflammation can be reduced by using ice and anti-inflammatory medications. There are some things that a person can do to help eliminate the pain in their heels. One obvious one that I already mentioned was to buy a good pair of shoes. This includes for any occasion. Women who often wear high heels develop heel pain because of the great pressure that is placed on the heels. Considering shoes with lower heels could be helpful. Dr. Ronald Jensen, a member of the Board of Trustees of the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) and a podiatrist in private practice in Modesto, California suggests doing simple stretches. I also think massaging your feet are helpful. Heel spur — A heel spur is an abnormal growth of bone at the area where the plantar fascia attaches to the heel bone. It is caused by long-term strain on the plantar fascia and muscles of the foot, especially in obese people, runners or joggers. As in plantar fasciitis, shoes that are worn out, poorly fitting or poorly constructed can aggravate the problem. Heel spurs may not be the cause of heel pain even when seen on an X-ray. In fact, they may develop as a reaction to plantar fasciitis. Traumatic fractures (also called acute fractures) are caused by a direct blow or impact-like seriously stubbing your toe. Traumatic fractures can be displaced or nondisplaced. If the fracture is displaced, the bone is broken in such a way that it has changed in position (dislocated). Treatment of a traumatic fracture depends on the location and extent of the break and whether it is displaced. Surgery is sometimes required. Avoid the Offending Activity. Because stress fractures result from repetitive stress, it is important to avoid the activity that led to the fracture. Crutches or a wheelchair are sometimes required to offload weight from the foot to give it time to heal.