Heel Pain RunningRunning with heel pain can be an agonizing experience. For those with active lifestyles, it's hard to adjust and limit your physical activity and routines once you encounter heel pain. This makes it important to know the symptoms and treatment methods for some of the most common types of heel pain that develop among runners.
Plantar fasciitis is the most common type of heel pain that can develop with excessive running. The plantar fascia is a long, flat ligament that runs along the bottom of the foot, from the heel to the toes. The ligament is made up of fibrous tissue that can become inflamed when it is stretch abnormally or when it experiences too much, or repetitive stress. Millions of cases of plantar fasciitis occur each year among runners, not to mention those who are active in other sports such as basketball and tennis. This condition also affects those who have begun a rigorous exercise program after a long period of lethargy.
Plantar fasciitis is a common type of heel pain among runners for a number of reasons. Often times, runners have exercise routines that are simply too long, and too stressful on the feet and plantar fascia. Often combined with shoes that lack proper support, running routines that are too extensive put repetitive stress on the plantar fascia, particularly where is connects to the heel of the foot, causing tears in the fibers that result in inflammation and severe pain. Wearing supportive shoes is one of the easiest ways to avoid this condition. Also, taking breaks to allow the plantar fascia to relax during long runs is a good way to avoid putting constant, repetitive pressure on it. In addition, developing a running routine that gradually increases distant and difficulty, rather than starting off with high difficulty is also a good way to prevent the plantar fascia from being overworked.
Runners that have developed plantar fasciitis may notice the heel pain gradually. The pain associated with the condition is characterized as a dull aching that is most noticeable and painful when pressure is placed on the foot after long periods of rest, such as when you get out of the bed in the morning. The best way to stop the heel pain and inflammation from getting worse is to stop running. Putting unnecessary or excessive force and strain on the inflamed plantar fascia will only aggravate it. If exercise must be done, it is best to do alternate activities that do not put strain on the feet, such as swimming.
Luckily, heel pain that develops from running can usually be treated with very conservative methods. HTP Heel Seats are among the most effective and easiest devices available to treat several forms of heel pain that can develop among runners such as plantar fasciitis and heel spurs. Our famous treatments are specially researched and formulated to meet stringent anatomical specifications. They are machine washable and extremely durable for long-term use. They flex as you walk or run, providing just the right amount of acupressure as your weight shifts without interfering with the fit of the shoe. The best thing about this orthotic shoe insert is that they heal the conditions that plague your feet without interfering with your work or recreational activities. They are able to be integrated into your lifestyle seamlessly, which is something you wouldn't get with cumbersome nigh splints, costly surgery, or other methods that have less than encouraging results.
HTP Heel Seats, Insoles, and Heel Pads have been used and recommended by doctors and athletes alike, including NBA basketball stars John Starks and Jason Kidd. Don't let heel pain put a hamper on your running and exercise routines, Heel-That-Pain today!