Heel Pain Treatment

Heel Pain or Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar Fasciitis is a painful syndrome of the Plantar Fascia, the thick band of tissue that runs from the heel to the ball of the foot. Typical symptoms include pain under the heel and along the raised arch of the foot.

Causes of Plantar Fasciitis include:

  • excessive walking on hard surfaces;
  • shoes with little or no arch support;
  • weight gain; or
  • a sudden increase in activity.

Tight calf muscles can also lead to persistent over-pronation of the foot, causing pain in the Plantar Fascia.

This injury is best treated by rest, or by alleviating the pressure on the foot until the pain subsides. Taping the Fascia with zinc oxide tape can reduce pressure and allow the foot to heal. Regularly applying an ice pack can reduce pain and inflammation. This will not, however, assist with long-term recovery, so learning stretching techniques for the Plantar Fascia is advised.

In acute cases, where regular treatment has not eased the condition, it is wise to consult a sports injury professional. Painkillers or sports massage may be prescribed for symptomatic relief. A professional may also prescribe custom insoles to relieve pressure and prevent future pain.

While painful, Plantar Fasciitis is a condition that can be easily remedied with careful treatment and prevention.

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