Plantar fasciitis treatment

There is almost no body part more important to your daily life than your feet. Whether you are carrying groceries, walking around the mall, chasing after your children, or standing up at work you need to have happy, healthy, comfortable feet. When you have pain in your feet your world comes crashing down. Carrying groceries from your car to your kitchen becomes a painful march of dread. Shopping is no longer a possibility, and playing with your kids is limited to stationary games with cards. And not only do your children, friends and family lose out on an important and active part of you, but your work can suffer as you find it less and less possible to walk to meetings, stand behind a counter or lift and move merchandise. One of the most painful and most common forms of foot pain that devastate your life is plantar fasciitis.

What is plantar fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is sometimes called heel spurs. It is recognized by the distinctive pain felt in the heel of its sufferers. You may not be aware of this, but there is a tissue band on the bottom of your foot that goes all the way from your heel to your toes. This band is called the plantar fascia and is responsible for the connection between your heel bone and your toes. Without it, your foot would not function correctly and there would be nothing there to absorb the shock of your every step. When this tissue is hurt and becomes inflamed, it can cause pain in your heel when you step down.
Usually, sufferers of plantar fasciitis notice the pain most in the morning when they first wake up. In order to avoid tears and further damage to the plantar fascia, the sufferer must carefully warm the tissue up and not work too hard to stretch or strain it.

Plantar Fasciitis Treatment Options

One of the most popular treatments for plantar fasciitis is the application of topical corticosteroid medication. This will often reduce the swelling of the tissue that is causing the plantar fasciitis pain. Some patients choose to have the corticosteroid injected into their foot, but this can cause even more damage to the plantar fascia. There are also anti inflammatory drugs on the market that do not contain steroids, and those are often used with success.

Physical therapy often works for those who are willing to stick to it. When using physical therapy to cure your plantar fasciitis you will work on a set of exercises that help to make your heel and ankle more stable by the strengthening of your lower legs.

Another non medicinal therapy for plantar fasciitis is taping your foot. By binding your foot with athletic tape, you will take some of the demand off of the plantar fascia and that will lessen its irritation and lead to less inflammation. If your case is serious enough you may even need to wear special orthotics in your shoes.

One last option for those who suffer with plantar fasciitis is surgery. With surgery your surgeon will remove the tissue of your plantar fascia from the bone of your heel, but this can wreak havoc with your arch and is definitely a worst case scenario for someone with plantar fasciitis who is completely unable to find relief through any other method.

If you are suffering from heel pain in the morning or after standing on your feet all day, visit your podiatrist to get the x-rays and examinations you need to determine whether or not plantar fasciitis is the source of your pain. He or she will then discuss with you the many treatment options you have and you can decide which is best for you.

Last updated on Dec 26th, 2010 and filed under Other Conditions & Diseases. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

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