Ways You Can Treat Heel Pain from Plantar Fasciitis
Heel pain is a common problem. So common, in fact, that it can be easy to get lulled into the idea that there isn’t really much you can do about it. Because it’s so common, you see.
But that’s far from the truth! Although many people suffer from heel pain, their symptoms can almost always be lessened or outright eliminated. The key is in finding a course of treatment that properly addresses the underlying causes of the pain.
To explore the possibilities in treating heel pain, let’s focus on one of the most common heel pain problems: plantar fasciitis.
Plantar Fasciitis: Heel Pain Enemy No. 1
Do your heels receive a sharp jolt of pain each morning as soon as you get out of bed and put your feet on the floor? That’s a good sign you may be like millions of others who have plantar fasciitis.
Plantar fasciitis is an injury to the plantar fascia, a thick band of tissue that runs along the underside of the foot. It helps to form the arch and flexes as you move, helping you walk.
If the plantar fascia becomes strained or overstretched, however, it can form small tears that lead to aggravation and pain. When you stretch the plantar fascia again after a long period of activity (like when you get out of bed), you are essentially re-tearing parts of the plantar fascia the body has been trying to heal, causing pain once more. A few minutes of moving around tends to “warm up” the plantar fascia, and the pain will recede.
But just knowing you have plantar fascia is not quite enough to determine the best course of treatment. Plantar fasciitis (and many other conditions that cause heel pain) can stem from multiple different causes. Is your plantar fascia strained from overuse? Is there an abnormality in your foot structure that places too much stress on it naturally? Are you using improper footwear?
Only when we can target the causes of your plantar fasciitis can we expect the treatment to be successful. The vast majority of our patients see great reduction in, or full eradication of, their heel pain within a few months of starting conservative treatments.