Plantar Fasciitis Heel

March 24, 2010 by  
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Plantar fasciitis is a problem that affects the foot’s surface and is mostly prevalent in overweight people, runners, and people having high arches or flat feet.  Also individuals who are on their feet for long hours while doing their job.

More specifically plantar fasciitis is an irritation of the tough plantar fascia, which runs from the heel bones to the bottom of the toes.

Plantar fasciitis mainly results from developing tear in the fibrous tissue bands (plantar fascia), which leads to inflammation and pain. It is manifested as excruciating pain in the heel specifically in the morning. Plantar fasciitis is caused by the stress that is placed on the ligaments of plantar fascia while it is irregularly stretched and under strain or pressure due to overuse.

During periods of rest, the plantar fascia usually tightens up creating terrible pain and discomfort.  As more and more time passes, pressure builds up on the fascia to the point where it stretches and the pain returns, sometimes even worse!

Symptoms Of Plantar Fasciitis

The major symptoms of the plantar fasciitis are frequently described as severe pain in the inside of the heel.  When severe pain is often most experienced is when taking those first few initial steps in morning, as if you are walking on glass.

As your feet warm up throughout the day, the pain subsides and the plantar fasciitis stretches gradually.   It is sometimes common for plantar fasciitis sufferers to find it difficult to climbing stairs or balance themselves because of their foot pain.

Treatment Options

In most of the cases, the treatments of non-surgical can assist an individual to completely eliminate the problem. The nature and duration of whole treatment varies depending on the severity. Plantar fasciitis treatment should be immediately initiated at the very moment the problem occurs.

If caught in the early stages, recovery time from plantar fasciitis can usually be very quick!

The initial stage of treatment includes lots of rest, a regular routine of applying ice and then heat in the plantar fasciitis region of the foot,  combined with some specific moderate stretching and anti-inflammatory medications in order to relief the pain.

It is recommended to wear night plantar fasciitis splints, as this would maintain the fascia and surrounding tissues get stretched gently throughout the night with the overall goal to provide relief for the sufferer from the pain.

To lessen the pain caused due to plantar fasciitis Orthotics, shoe inserts can be an option but can be quite expensive. If the pain is very severe and the people experiencing this problem of plantar fasciitis are not responding to the treatments that are mentioned above then the physicians may also resort to the use of cortisone injections in order to ease the pain(I don’t recommend cortisone injections).

Exercises

Another treatment that provides relief from your nagging foot pain can be plantar fasciitis exercises.

These are normally  performed early in the morning as soon as the sufferer wakes up.  One of the most effective plantar fasciitis exercises includes a foot roller exercise that involves the reverse arch stretching of the foot by making use of a plantar fasciitis foot roller.

Strengthening and stretching exercises make ligaments very flexible as well as strengthens the muscles that support the arch and this in turn will reduce the amount of stress on ligaments. I also recommend other plantar fasciitis stretching exercises to help relieve foot pain.

You can get more stretches and exercises for the permanent relief of plantar fasciitis heel pain:

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