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Could The Cause Of Your Heel Pain Be Plantar Fasciitis?


"The pain started in the heel of my foot and was worse in the morning."

"It comes and goes ... but now it is back and I am having a lot of pain in my heel."

"I cannot put pressure on my heel without it hurting. I'm nervous about being on my feet all day at work." (1)


Do the above comments from heel pain discussion groups sound all too familiar to you? If so, you're not alone - you may be suffering from an extremely common condition called Plantar Fasciitis. The American Academy of Family Physicians cites Plantar Fasciitis as the number one cause of heel pain (2). This article will help you identify whether the pain in your heel may stem from this syndrome and will introduce you to non-invasive remedies that can help you achieve real relief with little trouble or expense.


Start By Defining Your Heel Pain Symptoms

You may be experiencing a sudden on-set of discomfort in one of your feet today, or you may have been trying to ignore recurring foot pain that has bothered you for months or years. The most important first step you can take toward recovery is to spend a few moments thinking carefully about your symptom history. Review the following ten-point list and make a mental note of the symptoms that apply to you.


True or False:
True or False The most tender part of my foot seems to be my heel.
True or False My heel hurts most when I get out of bed in the morning.
True or False My heel pain seems worse when I get to my feet after I've been sitting down for some time.
True or False The pain in my heel seems to get a bit better after a few minutes of standing or walking.
True or False I walk or run for exercise and one or both of my heels hurt terribly after this activity.
True or False My heel pain seems to be aggravated by the long hours I spend standing at work.
True or False My heel pain is causing me to limp.
True or False I've been experiencing this type of pain in my heel on-and-off for months or years.
True or False My feet began hurting after I became overweight.
True or False I've been having periodic bouts of heel pain as I've gotten older.


If you've answered true to one of more of the above questions, you may have Plantar Fasciitis.
Plantar Fasciitis



Get The Facts On Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar Fasciitis is a progressive condition that centers on the main ligament spanning the heel, arch and ball area of your foot, known as the Plantar Fascia. The stretchy tissue of this strong ligament is designed to bear your weight and support the spring in your step as you walk or run. Plantar Fasciitis occurs when the ligament is damaged by one or more factors, including:

  • An irregular gait that causes weight to be distributed unevenly across the sole of your foot when you walk (called pronation)
  • Weight gain which causes the ligament to bear too much pressure
  • Habits of exercise (walking, running, jumping) that expose the heel to pounding and pressure without adequate rest periods
  • Working conditions which require long periods of standing or repeated lifting of heavy objects
  • Wearing ill-fitting or worn shoes
  • The normal aging process which can result in a loss of ligament elasticity
These stressors can result in small tears developing in the Plantar Fascia, which then leads to a condition of inflammation, causing mild to severe heel pain. You may have dull, aching pain, sharp pain, feelings of heat in the heel or redness on the skin in the heel area. You may also develop calcium build-ups, called bone spurs, on your heel bone. These hard protrusions then prod the soft, fatty tissue cushioning your heel each time you take a step, causing chronic pain.




If left untreated, Plantar Fasciitis tends to worsen over time, making it unsafe to try to ignore your symptoms. Fortunately, most people with this ailment can achieve relief from pain, and even healing of their condition, by taking a few simple, inexpensive actions.


Relief From Your Heel Pain Is Just 3 Steps Away

While in some severe cases, podiatrists may recommend more extreme treatments such as Cortisone injections or surgery, most cases of Plantar Fasciitis are resolved via non-invasive methods. Practice these three techniques for one week and you are likely to experience relief from your pain:

Step 1: RestStep 2: IceStep 3: Support

Spend part of each day seated, taking the pressure of your body's weight off your Plantar Fascia ligament. Apply an ice pack for twenty minutes, twice a day, to your heel to bring down inflammation. Support your foot daily with an orthotic shoe insert, designed for Plantar Fasciitis sufferers.




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Citations:

1. The Plantar Fasciitis Community


2. Plantar Fasciitis and Other Causes of Heel Pain
STEPHEN L. BARRETT, D.P.M., and ROBERT O'MALLEY, D.P.M., Spring, Texas, Columbia Kingwood Hospital, Kingwood, TexasAm Fam Physician. 1999 Apr 15;59(8):2200-2206.
http://www.aafp.org/afp/1999/0415/p2200.html




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