Possibilities for Plantar Fasciitis Treatment

Heel pain can bring a halt to your ability to walk. Clearly, such a problem is far more than just inconvenient. You may have to take a leave from your job, have other people bring you groceries, and more. It's no wonder that sufferers are soon desperate for an effective heel pain treatment!


The first thing that needs to be done is to find out the cause of the heel pain. Often, this is plantar fasciitis, which causes pain in the fibrous tissue that runs along the bottom of your foot. It typically hurts right in the middle of the bottom of the heel, where it connects to your heel bone, and can feel as if you're constantly walking on a sharp rock – a rock that is inside of your foot. If left untreated, it can cause the heel bone to start growing abnormal extra osseous tissue. These extra growths are what "heel spurs" actually are. The only true fix for problematic heel spurs is to have them surgically removed, so it's important to find an effective plantar fasciitis treatment before they grow.


A closely related form of pain is Achilles' tendinopathy. In this condition, the inflammation hits the Achilles' tendon, which connects your calf muscle to the heel bone. It can occur alone or along with plantar fasciitis.


Fortunately, there are many effective treatments for plantar fasciitis and Achilles' tendinopathy. These conditions can be caused by such seemingly-minor things as the wrong shoes, overly-worn shoes, standing up or walking for too long (such as on a stand-up job), or by an improper gait. The first step to stopping the pain is getting rid of the situation that is aggravating the tendons. Therefore, if your shoes don't fit right or are worn out, you should immediately buy a new pair. If you have a standing job, you should get a doctor's note to show your employer so that you are allowed to sit down.


Pain will often persist for a few weeks after the aggravating factor is removed. Therefore, it's a good idea to seek plantar fasciitis treatment even if you're sure you've solved the initial problem. Treatments like dry needling, IASTM, and others can speed healing and reduce pain faster than just waiting for nature to take its course. Special stretches are also great for speeding up healing and increasing mobility. These are very simple to do.


If you find no aggravating factors, or the pain doesn't stop a few weeks after fixing the obvious, your gait (the way you walk) may be to blame. Get a gait analysis to ensure that your feet are hitting the ground in a way that doesn't put undue stress on parts of your feet or ankles. Once this is done, orthotics or other corrective measures can be delivered. Generic "heel pain" inserts from the grocery store are unlikely to work because without a gait analysis, there's no way to know which areas of your shoes should be built up.


Once you get rid of pain from plantar fasciitis or Achilles' tendinopathy, take care to ensure that you avoid triggering a recurrence. Always fit good shoes into your budget, and replace them just before they could be called "worn out." Make it your top priority if you're prone to these sorts of pains! Also, if you work a stand-up job, buy extra cushioning inserts so that your feet don't become overly inflamed. Finally, if you've had a gait analysis that shows that you need special shoe inserts, be sure to use them.

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