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Heel Pain in Runners: What you can do About this Common Foot Complaint

If you are suffering from Plantar fasciitis, it probably means that you have inflammation of your plantar fascia. This is ligament-like tissue stretching from the heel of your foot to the middle foot bone. It does the job of supporting the arch of your foot; almost like being a shock-absorber for your foot. When this area becomes inflamed, it will cause you to suffer from pain under your heel or heels, usually disappearing with time. You will certainly speed up the recovery time with some treatment; such as resting the foot, wearing good footwear, inserting heel pads, exercising and taking pain killers.  If your case is severe, you might need a steroid injection from a doctor.


What causes plantar fasciitis?


Common overuse injuries very often cause plantar fasciitis, and as it is considered a runner’s condition, it makes sense that it also affects soccer players. A lot of people especially athletes get it at some point. It is common among most athletes and appears to be more prevalent in women than in men. It is thought that just small injuries that get repeated to the plantar fascia are the cause of plantar fasciitis; usually with the injury occurring close to where the plantar fascia is attached to the heel bone. You will be more likely to experience plantar fasciitis when:


1. You do a lot of running, walking or standing, especially when you are not accustomed to it-it is important to exercise regularly.

2. You lead a sedentary type of lifestyle and are not as active as you could be, for people who are not active.

3. You are exercising on a surface that is different to what you usually exercise on

4. Your shoes do not have good arch support or good cushioning, so be careful next time you go for your shoe shopping.

5. You carry extra weight which means you could be straining your heels

6. You over-stretch your sole through overuse for by using poor techniques in your running or walking style.

7. Your Achilles tendon is very tight; this could affect your ability to flex your ankle, making it more likely that you damage your plantar fascia


It is estimated that around one in ten people will at some time get plantar fasciitis. Pain is the main symptom; appearing commonly on the underside of the heel.  Usually when you get up in the morning after a long night of rest, the pain appears worse and stretching before exercise which should be gentle might ease the pain a bit. Long times on your feet or long walks will only worsen the pain, not forgetting that sometimes both feet can be affected at the same time. a heel spur may develop too; these are common in people who suffer from heel pain, although the spur does not cause any pain really. Another name for a heel spur is a calcaneal spur and it can stick out as much as half-an-inch; it appears as an extra growth on the bone of the heel that is associated with plantar fasciitis inflammation and which can build up over a long period. X-rays will reveal and confirm a heel spur.


What can be done about plantar fasciitis?


Pain killers will help to ease the pain and sometimes good anti-inflammatory gels and creams rubbed into the heel are very helpful. Ice packs held on the heel for about twenty minutes assist too, and arch supports and heel pads will support the arch of the foot. If the pain remains intense, the doctor might recommend a steroid injection to reduce the inflammation. Shock wave therapy might also be used where high-energy sound waves are delivered through your skin to the painful part of the foot. If the pain does not ease up after twelve months or so, surgery might be necessary. Here the plantar fascia is separated from its connection to the bone; called a plantar fascia release.


There is a good outcome


Ignoring plantar fasciitis could cause chronic heel pain that might hamper your general activities. Footlogics is an orthotic insole fitting full length in your shoe. As it has been designed by Australian podiatrists, it meets all the requirements to protect your foot and highly effective in helping to prevent plantar fasciitis and other foot problems as well as lower back pain and knee pain. In conclusion, this common foot complaint can be cured; the best things to do are listed above, not forgetting good dietary supplements to regulate the inflammation and not forgetting to drink water which will flush out the metabolic acids in your system which causes inflammation to occur. 



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