13 Jul Goodbye Heel Pain! Plantar fasciitis treatment
Heel pain is most often caused by plantar fasciitis. Plantar fasciitis refers to an inflammation of the band of connective tissue (plantar fascia) that runs from the heel to the ball of the foot.
Repeated strain on the plantar fascia can cause small tears in the ligament. With time, the tearing, inflammation and irritation increases. The risk of developing plantar fasciitis increases for people with –
- foot arch problems (flat foot and high arches)
- excess weight
- tight Achilles tendon
A common symptom of plantar fasciitis is pain that develops gradually on the bottom of the heel. This pain is usually worst after rest, such as in the morning and after sitting for a long period of time.
To reduce pain associated with plantar fasciitis, here is what you can do –
- Rest – Avoid activities that make the pain worse.
- Ice – Ice the affected area every day to reduce pain and swelling.
- Stretch – Stretch your heel when you wake up in the morning and after a long period of sitting or standing.
- Orthotics – Custom orthotics can help by providing good arch and heel support.
When your pain persists despite conservative treatments, see your podiatrist to discuss your treatment options. A podiatrist can recommend the right treatment plan for your individual needs. These options may include –
- stretching exercises
- custom orthotic devices
- night splints
- surgery, if required.
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