Plantar fasciitis is a condition that affects two million people per year. It is possible for individuals with plantar fasciitis to live life without experiencing heel pain from the condition. Those suffering from heel pain should ensure they are wearing supportive shoes. There are many shoe inserts available over-the-counter that are made for people who suffer from plantar fasciitis. Stretching the feet is also another treatment option for those with plantar fasciitis.
Causes of Heel Pain
- Heel pain is often associated with plantar fasciitis. The plantar fascia is a band of tissues that extends along the bottom of the foot. A rip or tear in this ligament can cause inflammation of the tissue.
- Achilles tendonitis is another cause of heel pain. Inflammation of the Achilles tendon will cause pain from fractures and muscle tearing. Lack of flexibility is also another symptom.
- Heel spurs are another cause of pain. When the tissues of the plantar fascia undergo a great deal of stress, it can lead to ligament separation from the heel bone, causing heel spurs.
Why Might Heel Pain Occur?
– Wearing ill-fitting shoes
– Wearing non-supportive shoes
– Weight change
– Excessive running
Heel pain should be treated as soon as possible for immediate results. Keeping your feet in a stress free environment will help. If you suffer from Achilles tendonitis or plantar fasciitis, applying ice will reduce the swelling. Stretching before an exercise like running will help the muscles. Using all these tips will help make heel pain a thing of the past.
With the advancements in technology and greater knowledge of how muscles and joints work, physical therapists can turn things around dramatically.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Easton, PA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.