It is one type of curable Heel Pain! Swelling and soreness are seen through the entire tissue bands running throughout the base of the foot, which joins the heel bone to the toes. In the medical language, it is known as Planter Fascia.
A person affected by this disorder gets a stabbing pain in the feet every morning, but in due course of the day, it decreases. It might turn up again after a long standup or sitting periods! Usually, obese personalities, runners, players, and individuals wearing shoes without adequate support get affected by Plantar Fasciitis.
How To Diagnose The Plantar Fasciitis?
- The entire foot is checked by the medical practitioner with respect to the soft, tender and sensitive areas. Instantly, the area that is affected can be located by the doctor.
- Past medical history is also collected for in-depth diagnosis.
- In order to confirm that the pain is not due to the other factors like emaciated/peaky nerve or repeated/stress fracture, the doctor might recommend Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scan or X-ray. This is absolutely necessary to check any kind of bone spur on the heels.
Under normal circumstances, there is absolutely no necessity of other medical tests!
How To Treat The Plantar Fasciitis?
- Though this disorder seems to be very much harmless, it is highly painful and can lead to further leg complications, if not treated in time.
- Recovery is possible with the help of various traditional methods, at an early stage, like “Resting, Stretching exercises and putting Ice on the painful area. But this might take several months to recover and are not useful in advanced stages.
- Physical treatment can be recommended by the Physical Therapy Specialist. Various types of stretch exercises related to the lower leg muscles can definitely secure the heel and ankle. He might recommend using athletic taping that will give a concrete support to the entire feet, especially the base!
- Usage of Night Splint is the highly recommended primary care for Plantar Fasciitis! The main function of this splint is to stretch the calf and arch of the foot, when asleep. This facilitates holding of Achilles tendon and plantar fascia in stretched condition throughout the night.
- After consultation with the medical practitioner and his recommendation, usage of custom designed artificial derives such as braces/splints (Orthotics) can be used. This helps to distribute the body pressure equally on the feet when in standing condition for long hours.
- Various types of easily available pain-killers/tablets can be consumed (after consultation with the qualified medical practitioner) to reduce the swelling, soreness & pain associated with the Plantar Fasciitis.
- Injection Therapy “Temporary, not a permanent solution is possible with this therapy. The main objective is to weaken the plantar fascia, thus giving a complete pain relief.
- Ultrasound imaging to locate the damaged tissues is recommended by the doctor to remove these tissues. This is also termed as The Tenex Procedure!
- Surgery “Last but not the least “is this option recommended by a doctor “SURGERY! Plantar Fascia is detached from the heel bone only when all the other options show negative improvement and the pains are severe.
- Extracorporeal Shockwave “It is a physical therapy, wherein, the sound waves are controlled and pointed towards the affected heel area. This helps in stimulating the healing procedure. This procedure is recommended when most of the traditional and other medications are failed to cure Plantar Fasciitis. This is one of the most advanced recommendations which have shown promising results in almost all the cases.
Some Conventional Home Remedies To Treat Plantar Fasciitis Are;
- Attain to reduce the excessive weight.
- Use best of the shoes that will support the body weight. Avoid high heels.
- Worn-out shoes should be immediately discarded.
- If possible try to change the current sport. Try bicycling or swimming instead of jogging/walking, which will reduce the stress on the feet!
Plantar Fasciitis is curable! Following prescribed medication, exercises and using recommended splints can cure this disorder at the faster rate. If the initial therapies are followed by heart no surgery is required!