Heel Pain Relief

If you find that you are seeking heel pain relief, it could be caused a common problem called plantar fasciitis. Often, plantar fasciitis symptoms are specifically associated with heel pain. When you press on the inside of your heel and occasionally along the arch of your foot you’ll feel tenderness. In most cases, individuals that suffer from plantar fasciitis suffer the most in the morning, because of the tendons tightening overnight. As the condition worsens, severity of the pain generally gets worse, and stretching your foot may be very painful. It is important to note, that plantar fasciitis differs from tarsal tunnel syndrome, although the symptoms are quite similar. However, with tarsal tunnel syndrome, you may experience shooting pains and tingling or numbness.

Plantar fasciitis and heel pain relief

 

Plantar fasciitis often is associated with heel spurs, although they are not exactly the same thing. If you are looking for heel pain relief we often don’t look at the underling causes. Generally, this condition is caused by the degeneration of collagen fibers in the heel bone and can be caused by dancing, running and jumping.

This is often due to extremely tight calf muscles, which produce overstretching of the plantar fascia tendon, which can lead to  inflammation and pain. Other conditions that can cause this condition include low arches, high arches, oversupination and other abnormalities of the foot, which are best assessed by a podiatrist. Also, if you spend a lot of time in footwear that does not provide arch support and proper cushioning, you may develop this problem. In addition, if you are overweight, this puts you at higher risk of developing this condition, because of the excess weight that is impacting your foot.

If you spend a lot of time in footwear that does not provide arch support and proper cushioning, you may develop this problem.

Unfortunately, there is not one specific cure to obtain heel pain relief, but there are many treatments available that can help to ease the pain, which will effectively treat for the long-term. There are a few things that are very basic that anyone can do, if this condition is suspected in your feet. First, rest until your feet do not hurt anymore if at all possible. Also, proper plantar fasciitis taping can help, in addition to ice and cold therapies. It is also extremely important to do proper exercises, to treat and prevent this issue from recurring, and taking advantage of a night splint that is specifically created for this condition can help to alleviate your pain, because it prevents your calf muscles and plantar fascia from tightening overnight.

If these types of things do not help, you can always visit a podiatrist, as they can help you by prescribing some anti-inflammatory medication for heel pain relief. They can also provide you with a gait analysis, which will help to discover your particular foot biomechanics, to prescribe you with the proper orthotics or insoles. They also teach you how to properly apply the plantar fascia taping to allow your foot to rest. They can show you specific plantar fasciitis exercises, as well as provide you with corticosteroid injections, x-rays, extracorporeal shockwave therapies, and in worst-case scenarios, surgery if needed. Regardless of the foot and heel pain that you are suffering from, it is vital that you visit an experienced and knowledgeable podiatrist, to help diagnose your specific problem and provide you with the best treatments available to ensure that you get back on your feet again.

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