Sunday, December 14, 2008

Heel Pain? Could it be Plantar Fasciitis?

Are you suffering from heel pain? It could very well be Plantar Fasciitis. This is one of the most common reasons for the pain you are experiencing.

The Plantar Fascia is a strong ligament on the bottom of the foot. It supports the arch of the foot.
It is wide at the toes and narrows at the heel; that is why a tight Plantar Fascia causes pain in the heel.

This ligament is very strong on the heel and after awhile can cause a heel spur, but not always. The pain is caused by the bursa sacs swelling (fluid filled sacs). This sac fills up when a person is off their feet. For example, after you have slept, upon rising and putting pressure on your foot you more than likely will experience this excruciating pain during the first few steps. It usually eases up after a few minutes. Sometimes the fluid will build up slowly because of you standing on your feet all day and the pain comes back. You can have it also in both feet at the same time.

There are multiple reasons why it develops. Some of these are sudden increase in activity, wearing shoes/sneakers that lack sufficient arch support, weight gain, pregnancy, flat feet and high arched feet.

There are high impact sports that involve the lower extremities that can cause Plantar Fasciitis. Some of these sports are track and field runners, tennis, football, baseball, soccer players often have this condition. Always consult your physician for proper treatment and diagnosis.

Some stretching and strengthening exercises will help. You may use a water bottle, tennis ball or a rolling pin. Stretching should create a pulling feeling but not cause pain.
Do this 2-3 times a day when possible.

Your can massage the bottom of your foot/feet before getting out of bed.
Stretch your foot by flexing it up and down 10 times before standing. You can also use a towel to stretch the foot as well. Remember to wear shoes when you get out of bed, even to go to the bathroom. Wear comfortable shoes/slippers with good arch support. There other stretching exercises to do.

There are other areas where triggers points appear.
Massage Therapy will greatly benefit knee discomfort.
All of the previous is for information only. Remember to always Consult with your doctor for further information.

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