I WANT TO GET RID OF HEEL PAIN (Plantar Fasciitis)
My heel is painful in the morning ,my heel is painful when I walk for too long ! My heel is painful when I stand for too long … All these symptoms are bothering you now? Please do continue to read this article.
Why am I having heel pain?
Plantar fasciitis (inflammation to the plantar fascia ligament) is most commonly caused by strain injury causing micro tears to the ligament as it attaches to the heel bone or other areas of tightness on the sole of the foot.
COMMON PLANTAR FASCIITIS FINDINGS
- Plantar medial heel pain: most noted with initial steps in the AM or after a period of inactivity as well as prolonged weight bearing.
- Symptoms may appear after an increase in weight bearing activity (running, walking).
- Bone Spur on the heel (due to excessive tension from the plantar fascia causing periosteal lifting of the bone)
What is the treatment for plantar fasciitis?
Plantar fasciitis is treated by measures that decrease the associated inflammation and avoid reinjury.
- Local ice massage applications both reduce pain and inflammation.
- Physical therapy methods, including stretching exercises, are used to treat and prevent plantar fasciitis.
- Anti-inflammatory medications, such as ibuprofen (Advil) or cortisone injections, are often helpful. Sports running shoes with soft, cushioned soles can be helpful in reducing irritation of inflamed tissues from plantar fasciitis.
- Custom orthotic shoe inserts are used to reduce the excess motion of the foot and decrease strain to the plantar fascia.
Infrequently, surgery is performed on chronically inflamed plantar fascia if conservative treatments fail.
Can my plantar fasciitis be cured?
More than 95% of people with plantar fasciitis are able to recover within 6 months of onset with the use of home treatments. While half a year may seem like a long time, it’s nothing compared to the recovery time of surgery.
If you are experiencing plantar fasciitis symptoms and they don’t go away after several weeks of home remedies, it is time to get an accurate diagnosis from a podiatrist or orthopedist, and in some cases, a physiotherapist.
Sometimes, however, plantar fasciitis will not go away with home remedies. More aggressive measures such as steroid injections, extracorporeal shock wave therapy (ESWT), and even surgery are considered if you have been suffering from plantar fasciitis for more than 6-12 months and none of the normal interventions have improved symptoms.
How can I prevent plantar fasciitis?
Preventing plantar fasciitis comes down to taking good care of your feet, maintaining flexibility, maintaining a healthy weight and exercising regularly. Once your symptoms go away, you can go back to your normal lifestyle. Here are some tips to prevent plantar fasciitis:
- Take care of your feet – Buy well-fitting shoes with plenty of support and stability. Supplement their existing arch support with arch support insoles or custom orthotics.
- Maintain flexibility – Even if you’re not an athlete, you should stretch your calves and Achilles tendon daily.
- Maintain a healthy weight – If weight was a factor in the development of plantar fasciitis, this is extra important.
- Exercise regularly -Make sure you find time in your busy schedule to exercise. But remember, always start a new plan gradually and wear correct gear.
Plantar fasciitis can be painful and annoying ,but with the proper treatment and the implementation of preventative measures, you won’t have to experience it again.