As a ballet dancer, you may from time to time experience heel pain. This heel pain could have been a number of things, and here I would like to discuss a few of them.

The most common type of heel pain amongst dancers and other athletes is plantar fasciitis, which is an inflammation of the fascia that runs from the heel bone to the metatarsal bones at the base of the toes. If you have plantar fasciitis, you normally wake up with pain on the bottom of your foot near the heel, and as the day goes on the pain lessens.

If you heel only hurts when you push down on it or press it then your heel may just be bruised.

If you wake up with a sore heel and the pain worsens as the day goes on, you could have stress fractures or microscopic cracks in the bone.

If the plantar fascia is dropped slowly off of your heel bone, you could get bony and maybe painful growths on the heel called heel spurs.

In most of the above cases, it is best to seek out medical attention, but here are a few helpful tips and home remedies to lessen the pain while your heel is healing. Homeopathic remedies are quite good, and here is a quick guide on what will work best according to the type of pain that you experience.

If movement is painful and worse when you take a step forwards, try Ruta graveolens.

If the bottom of your foot is stiff in the mornings and gets better during the day, but worsens when sitting, try Rhus toxiciodendron or Valerian.

If you foot feet better in the air than hanging down when sitting then try Phytolacca decandra.

If you have shooting or darting pain and your foot feet better warm than cold try Stellaria media.

For each of the above remedies, take two tablets a day and take them only as long as you have pain as directed by your homeopath.

Turmeric is also a great product to use to tie aching heel pain and stiffness. Take the capsules according to the dosage recommendations on the label.

Boswella is used with ancient natural healing systems from India. This can help to alleviate infection and pain. Try to look for a product that contains both turmeric and boswella for maximum effectiveness.

Having tight calf muscles can also be a hidden cause of heel pain. If the calf muscles can not absorb the constant pounding of running, jumping or other high impact exercises, the shock goes to the heels. Stretch out your calf muscles by standing on the bottom stair and holding onto the banister or other stationary object for support. Lower your heels over the edge of the step as far as you can comfortably go and feel a nice stretch. Next rise up onto your toes. Repeat this twenty to thirty times each day and you may find yourself heeled of heel pain for good.