Surgery as a means of cure should be the very last resort for the treatment of heel pain and should only be considered when all other conservative treatment has failed. In the surgical intervention the Plantar Fascia is partially released from the bone and any spur removed if found to be present. The pressure on the small nerves that traverse under the Plantar Fascia is released after proper identification of the cause. These exercises give a relief from the discomfort and pain and also strengthen the plantar fascia and avert further harm. They also increase the chances for a long-term relief from Heel Pain. When you have heel pain avoid any activity that can further aggravate the problem. This includes walking for long distances, walking up or down stairs, running, sports etc. If you want to keep fit swimming is the safest activity, until your heel pain has been treated properly. Or you can ride a bike or a stationary exercise bike. Basically, try to be as little on your feet as possible, allowing the plantar fascia to heal itself. The Heel Spur is a bony growth on the heel, a result of the continuous pulling of the Fascia. This growth triggers pain in the surrounding tissues that get inflamed. You must see a doctor if you are suffering from heel pain from more than 1 week. If you see swelling near your heels and if you cannot walk normally, you must immediately contact your doctor. A podiatrist will carry out a physical examination at the heel pain clinic. The doctor will ask you how the patient stands or walks daily. The doctor will also check the footwear you use and can also ask you about your medical history. although it is not a true "disease". It is the most common cause of heel pain in children, and can occur in one or both feet. Heel Pain can be very painful and make walking difficult. However, heel spur syndrome is a misleading name for a disease. The presence of the spur (a bony outgrowth on the bottom of the heel bone) has nothing to do with a patient's pain. The pain stems from inflammation of the ligament supporting the arch from the bottom of the heel to the toes (plantar fascia). Therefore, plantar fascitis is a much better name for this condition. I have personally seen hundreds of X-rays with painless heel spurs. Apr 08, 2011 By Hannah Mich Photo Caption Your cleats may be contributing to your heel pain. Photo Credit Thomas Northcut/Photodisc/Getty Images Doing an ice pack massage twice a day on the arch at the bottom of the foot can soothe the nerve. This can help bring down any inflammation and reduce any resulting pain This simple home treatment has been used effectively by many sports professionals all over the world to provide adequate relief from the pain and stress they fell in their feet. Wearing the right shoes with the correct inserts are designed to help support your body and its weight throughout the day. Good supportive shoes will ease any heel pain and your doctor will have some good advice on which is the best for your foot type.