shadow81964 -- yes, temporary insanity! [:p] Weaned myself off and I'll hope for the best. No offense, but doesn't the BenGay smell? But since you suggested that, I thought of Traumeal instead. I'm sure I didn't spell that correctly. That's what I use on painful areas. Thanks, I didn't think about that before.
Gr8hands -- I don't know about Tamara, but I don't have a heel spur. Seems the problem doesn't always result in a spur. Doesn't matter; broken glass is a good picture of the pain.
I forgot about the ice remedy. I bought some small dixie cups, filled one with water almost to the top, and froze it. I tear off about 1/2 inch of the cup at the top and I have a nice ice pack for massage with a built-in handle. I can't stand 20 minutes, but I keep rubbing the ice cup around and over my heel until I can't stand it anymore. It certainly deadens the pain, if nothing else. I didn't know about the massage or that you could do it yourself. Thanks.
The stretching I do is: (1) stand in front of a wall and put your hands on it about shoulder height. Step back about a foot (maybe more; you'll have to find out what's comfortable) but don't kink your hips so much that you create a hip problem, keep your heel on the ground as much as you can, and lean forward for a count of 30. This stretches the calf muscle. Eventually, if you want, bend your other knee slightly to give you more of a lean. I'm told this is an exercise runners use to limber up. Don't forget to do both legs. Since I sit all day at work, I do this each time I get up before I start to walk; and (2) before you get out of bed, tilt your feet back toward you and then away from you a few times. Does that picture make sense?
As far as exercises and putting a shoe on when I first get out of bed, not so much for me. My first thing in the morning is to limp as fast as I can to the bathroom.
I was also told that rolling the ball of your foot over a tennis ball is supposed to help. Maybe, but it hurts me.
GrannySam -- interesting info about plaintain oil and leaf poultice. Thanks.