Treating Plantar Fasciitis And Heel Spur

By Patricia | August 4, 2009

Generally when there is pain in the foot and a developing tenderness in the bottom of the heel of the foot, the foot needs to be checked thoroughly for inflammation. While foot pain can be a symptom of many severe disorders, in many cases, it is simply because of an inflammation of the plantar fascia—a band of strong fibers that connect the heel to the toes. If your pain is in the arch of the foot, it is very likely caused by this disorder.

This condition is medically termed Plantar Fasciitis. The pain is mainly in the heel and the area surrounding it, due to the inflammation of the Plantar fascia. Commonly known as the Heel Spur Syndrome, this condition generally happens due to the over stressing of the heel muscles. Excessive running or exercise, shoes that do not fit well, or improper foot alignment while running can all cause this condition.

This condition starts with a mild pain in the bottom of the heel which later on becomes inflamed. Taking the first step in the morning is most difficult for those who suffer from this condition. As the day progresses, the condition doesn’t really improve, but the pain seems to be less as the body gets used to it.

This condition requires immediate attention. Delaying treatment can actually make matters worse. The heel spur, a small bony ridge that functions to provide support to the plantar fascia can sometimes entrap a small nerve underneath itself due to the inflammation.

Surgery might not always be needed to correct this condition. All it needs is correcting the pull that occurs in the Plantar since the pain completely originates from there. Many a times, a doctor might tell you that it’s the heel spur that’s causing the problem when actually it is the plantar fascia that needs treatment. At home, you should rest the foot completely so that the inflammation doesn’t set in. With proper rest and diet, the swelling will subside in due course of time. In fact, while resting, apply a cold compress to the affected area so that the swelling is able to subside quickly. Stretching the foot can sometimes relieve the pain. However this should be done carefully so as to not disturb the damaged muscles or nerves.

A heel pad or a padded insole inside a comfortable shoe can also help relieve the pain. Nothing however, can substitute medical care.

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