What is Plantar fasciitis?

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Painful heels? Has walking become intolerable?

Plantar fasciitis, or Jogger’s Heel, is the most common source of heel pain.

Foot structure
Medical foot structure sketch

You know that one, it aches when you walk, jog, exercise and only partially disappears when you rest.

The first steps of the day might get painful, usually around the bottom-heel area.

The disease affects the so-called “plantar fascia” – A thick connective tissue between the heel bone and the bones between your toes,

in other words – its the part that supports the arch of the feet.

With careful care the disease will be long gone.

Common causes

The main cause of the disease is repetitive damage and tearing of the surrounding tissues,

while that damage could be caused by a variety of reasons, most commonly including:

  • Improper or worn off footwear.
  • Tight calf muscles.
  • Running, standing, stair climbing and exercising on rough surfaces.
  • Being overweight.
  • Having flat feet or high arch.
  • New or increased activity.

Rough surface can cause heel aches

Examination

If you have said symptoms, it is recommended you go for a medical examination.

You can expect that an image or visual examination of the heel would be made

to be sure that you suffer from the disease,

such as X-Ray, which can eliminate cases of a fractured heel bone or heel spurs.

Statistics

Researches has shows that 3.6-7% of the population are treated with it,

and approximately 2 million Americans suffer from Plantar Fasciitis – annually.

It most commonly appear in groups aged 40-60,

but is a major ache factor for soldiers, young athletes,

in fact it account for one of ten orthopedic injuries among joggers.

Treatment

The disease could be addressed and treated in quite a few nonsurgical ways,

including:

  • Massage – Slowly massaging the heel area is a great pain reliever
  • Rest – Stopping physical activity that might have caused the injury is recommended
  • Ice treatment – Rolling ice three to four times a day for twenty minutes around the painful area is highly effective
  • Stretch – Stretching the heel and calf areas could relief the pain. Click here for our recommended exercises and stretches
  • Night splints – A very effective technique to relief pain and treat the injury. Click here for our recommended night splints.
  • Orthopedic shoes – Your shoes should be well cushioned and with thick soles. Click here for our recommended orthopedic shoes
  • Sneakers – Shock absorbing shoe soles are important to the healing process. Click here for our recommended sneakers
  • Insoles – Can help you fight the nagging heel pain by reducing heel impact in every day activities. Click here for our recommended insoles.

Wrapping it up

Relaxing feetIt’s important to pay attention to heel pain in its early stages, postponing ache treatment or examination

could cause more serious injuries to follow.

We recommended reducing daily usage of high-heel shoes, moderating and monitoring your physical activity,

and choosing shoes that fit your feet.

 

Let us know below what were your techniques for dealing with the heel pains !

 

Remember – we are here for you in every step you take,

TheShoesForMe team.

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