PLANTAR FASCIITIS (Heel Pain)
By: Kenneth Lee
Plantar fasciitis is an inflammation of the fibrous tissue which can cause intense heel pain. Which can cause someone to have difficulties walking .Plantar fasciitis is usually caused by activities that are required to keep constant pressure on the foot. The pain is caused when the tissue under the foot is constantly stretched and over used, it can cause stabbing pain in your heel, usually while taking your first steps in the morning. The pain usually comes back after long periods of standing,walking, running, etc. Plantar fasciitis is common in runners. Runners constantly stretch the tissue and after time it can cause unbearable pain. The most common age to get plantar fasciitis is from age 40 to 60.
WAYS TO HELP WITH YOUR PLANTAR FASCIITIS
- Apply pressure with a bag of ice on your heels.
- Maintaining good health. Obesity is a main cause of plantar fasciitis. Lots of unnecessary weight can add more stress to your foot.
- Buying supportive shoes that have lots of cushioning can help because the cushioning can help keep your feet relaxed.
- Not wearing worn out shoes. Worn out shoes can have beaten up soles with little or no arch support which can make it uncomfortable to walk or stand for long periods of time.
- Trying a low impact sport can help reduce the stress you can put on your feet. Sports such as swimming, cycling.
- Rolling a tennis, or golf ball under your foot can also help relieve the stress under your foot by providing a massaging affect that can increase circulation.
- Low-dye taping. Low dye taping is the process of taping up your foot so that the tape pushes the arch up into a more comfortable position. The problem with taping is it can fall of easily while shower which requires more taping which can end up costing a lot
MEDICATIONS AND SOLUTIONS THAT CAN HELP WITH PLANTAR FASCIITIS
You can also try anti-inflammatory medications such as Ibuprofen, Advil ,Motrin IB, and Aleve to help relieve the pain associated with plantar fasciitis.Other ways to help with plantar fasciitis include
- Physical therapy, physical therapy can help your feet with simple stretches that can help relieve your foot from any of the stress you may have given it.
- Night splints, these splints are used at night and can help stretch your calves and the arch of your foot while you rest.
- Supportive insoles, custom orthotics may and arch supports like the Strutz((R) Sole Angel may provide economical solutions to avoid the need for invasive surgical procedures.
- Surgery. In the most serious cases, Plantar fasciitis may require surgery to alleviate the condition. But, surgery can have its own set of complications such as infection which can cause more pain, and delay the healing process. Lastly, not all surgeries go as planned, and the desired outcome is never guaranteed.
It’s best to consult with your doctor about your foot pain, and discuss the most effective plan of action to get you back on your feet ASAP. Incorporating Strutz arch supports as part of your treatment protocol may help you recover from foot pain more quickly.