Of all the parts of your body, your feet deserve special attention since your entire body weight is borne and balanced by them. For avid fitness enthusiasts, it is necessary to understand that minor injuries, pain or discomfort experienced as a result of intensive walking or running can cause chronic ailments in the long run. It is best that you identify them and nip them in the bud before they aggravate to an irreversible condition.
Plantar Fasciitis is probably the most common foot complaint, wherein one tends to experience tenderness or inflammation in the heel area or the base of the foot. The basic reason for this inflammation or tear could be because of excessive physical activity, weight or the age factor. It is common for people suffering from Plantar fasciitis to experience acute pain and stiffness in the heels when they wake up in the morning, because of the stiffening process of the plantar fascia tissue during the night. If precautionary steps are not taken on time, this will gradually give rise to heel spurs, which are painful bony outgrowths around the heel that are formed as a result of calcium deposition around the area.
Since over-stretching of the plantar fascia due to increased pressure on your feet is the chief cause of Plantar Fasciitis, the counter measures to ease the pain include foot and leg stretches that help in making your calf muscles flexible, so that the subsequent pressure exerted on the base of your foot is less. Applying an Ice Pack or Anti-Inflammatory Ointment on Your Feet can provide temporary pain relief to a large extent. But one must remember that consuming painkillers will only provide temporary relief from the pain, and the real solution lies in proper orthotic treatment.
Orthotic Insoles are without doubt, the most effective cure for alleviating the pain caused by Plantar Fasciitis and Heel Spurs. Orthotic Insoles have a shock-absorbing mechanism that greatly reduces the pressure on your plantar fascia, thereby eliminating the root cause of your pain, and providing lifelong relief. Contrary to popular perception, standard orthotic insoles are available at extremely nominal prices, and all you need to do is to get in touch with a qualified podiatrist.
If you are worried about how to treat this injury, you will be glad to know that with a few simple practices, this common walking injury can be easily taken care of. Surgery becomes necessary only if you ignore the problem for a prolonged duration. On the contrary, simple measures taken as soon as you start experiencing discomfort can tackle this problem very effectively, so that you your first steps in the morning are no longer excruciatingly painful.
Plantar Fasciitis is also known as fasciitis plantaris, and is very common amongst heavy runners, active walkers, obese people and those who carry heavy loads on a frequent basis. Apart from the prescribed measures to combat the pain, one must understand that taking rest is equally important to prevent the situation from getting worse. Cut down on walking, jogging, running, skipping and so on for about 5-6 weeks, and then start off with your exercise regime slowly and steadily, without putting any undue pressure on your feet. So a combination of foot exercises, stretching, prescribed orthotic insoles, anti-inflammatory medication, ice pack therapy and proper rest will be collectively sufficient to help you overcome the painful condition of plantar fasciitis and heel spurs.
If standing, walking or working for a prolonged duration is taking a toll on your feet and you are experiencing inflammation, swelling or tenderness on or around your heels, please do not ignore the problem as regular foot pain. It is best advised that you see a podiatrist immediately, who can help in identifying the problem and providing the most apt remedies to cure or alleviate the same immediately. Apart from the commonly known causes of Plantar fasciitis, people who have weak or inflexible calf muscles are also susceptible to this condition, because the stiffness of calf muscles creates more pressure on the base of your foot, and causes weakening, tearing or swelling of the tissue around the area.
Prevention is better than Cure
People who have experienced the excruciating pain caused by Plantar fasciitis and heel spurs will definitely vouch for the fact that prevention is better than cure. This implies that your body weight needs to be in proportion to your height and excessive physical activity that put undue pressure on the feet need to be avoided. Good Foot Health is indeed the key to a healthy and happy lifestyle!
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