The Culprit for All Our Heel Troubles: Plantar Fasciitis

Are you familiar with that deep, stabbing pain that seems to curse your foot every morning, when you step out of bed? If not, we envy you. If yes, read ahead.

For what seems like an eternity, causes of this atrocious pain were simply not known, or at least not verified. Of course, one could have such pains and be caused by a variety of different factors but the one common cause of heel pain that we’d be focusing on is the offender named Plantar fasciitis.

Plantar fasciitis Sydney CBD is the inflammation of the fibrous tissue that runs underneath your foot. Victims of this pain usually include runners, or individuals with an intense, physical lifestyle. However, this can be found in many individuals, with ages ranging from twenty and above.

Symptoms

The most obvious of all symptoms is the sharp, piercing pain that one experiences usually after some form of exercise. It can also be felt if one has been standing on his feet for an extended period of time. This kind of pain is not constant, as one would assume, and gradually fades after some time. Wearing uncomfortable shoes could also make the pain worse.

Causes

The plantar fascia, which acts as a shock absorber normally, could eventually be scarred and torn in cases where it is exposed to great stress and tension. This can cause repetitive scarring and stretching, leading to an inflamed plantar fascia. An intense physical lifestyle such as that of a runner is not the only instance where this may arise. Obesity is another leading cause for plantar fasciitis, as this puts additional stress on the plantar fascia.

Treatment and Remedies

There are many options for Plantar Fasciitis treatment Manly Vale. Home remedies can often treat this pain, especially if it’s caused by factors such as prolonged standing or excessive exercise.

  • Stretches: Simple stretches such as calf stretches or foot flexes can help ease the pain. Muscle tightness in the calf and feet can make the pain worse. Try stretching your calf by extending your hands against a wall, and straighten the knee of the effected leg whilst keeping the other one bent. This will cause a stretching sensation in the heel of the effected foot.
  • Ball Rolling: You’ve probably just taken your shoes off and your heel is in pain. For this scenario, try taking a ball and rolling it under the effected foot. This will help loosen the muscles in your foot and increase blood circulation.
  • Anti-inflammatory medication: After being prescribed an NSAID, you’ll feel more at ease as this will significantly reduce inflammation, which is the cause behind plantar fasciitis.

Always consult a podiatrist when thinking of taking any drug or looking for any treatment for your pain.