The most common cause of heel pain is plantar fasciitis, or the inflammation of the band of tissue that runs from the heel, across the arch, and inserts into the ball of the foot.  The treatment consists of stretching, icing, orthotic shoe inserts, and very often times, oral anti inflammatory medications, or NSAIDs.  However there are patients that are unable to tolerate oral medications for various reasons, and there are topical alternatives such as Biofreeze, which is a topical analgesic we carry in our office.  In addition, our doctors work with a compounding pharmacy that is able to use the active ingredients in the oral NSAIDs and compound them into a topical formulation that is very effective.  The most important step in treating your heel pain is having a thorough exam, getting a proper diagnosis, and coming up with a treatment plan.  Our doctors here at PPFAC can help you every step of the way.