Foot pain can be an extremely grueling issue to deal with, especially if you have to stand on your feet or do a lot of walking for a job or some other activity. Individuals may suffer for years from heel pain and may not know exactly what to do about it. There are many types of heel pain, but one kind in particular is very common and can be a point of stress for men and women alike. You may or may not have heard of Plantar Fasciitis, which is caused by excessive stretching and the overloading of the thick band of issue on the bottom of the foot. This thick band becomes over stretched and over used to its capacity. Because of this stretching, extreme pain occurs when walking, standing, or even sitting. Craig C. Young, of the Medical College of Wisconsin, commented on the painful condition in a report titled “Treatment of Plantar Fasciitis.” “Plantar fasciitis is a common cause of heel pain in adults. The disorder classically presents with pain that is particularly severe with the first few steps taken in the morning. In general, Plantar Fasciitis is a self-limited condition. However, symptoms usually resolve more quickly when the interval between the onset of symptoms and the onset of treatment is shorter. Many treatment options exist, including rest, stretching, strengthening, change of shoes, arch supports, orthotics, night splints, anti-inflammatory agents, and surgery. Usually, Plantar Fasciitis can be treated successfully by tailoring treatment to an individual’s risk factors and preferences,” said Young.
Treatment options for Plantar Faciitis do not often include surgery and may include a wide variety of options that are affordable for most people. The recovery time for Plantar Faciitis can vary depending on the person. For example, I suffered from the condition for a little over a year, but found using Heel Seats, reducing my walking, and applying cold to my heel to be affective. The heel pain can be so bad that it hurts to even put your foot down and walking can seem like an ordeal. But, in time, with the remedies I chose, my condition improved and I have not had any heel pain in a year and a half. It’s basically like the inflammation was never there. Also, I used Advil in moderation on days when my heel felt terribly inflamed.
The Heel Seats I found can be purchased in big box stores, but you can also get them from a reputable source like Heel That Pain, an online retailer. The quality received through a well known company can be worth the time and effort put into searching for a company that specializes in helping others deal with their heel and foot pain. Jason Schultz started Heel That Pain in 2001. Today, the website helps thousands of people with conditions like Plantar Faciitis and other types of foot pain. I spoke with spoke with Jason about Plantar Fasciitis and heel pain.
Jason suggests trying stretching and exercise for Plantar Fasciitis pain first before spending any money on a product or procedure. “If stretches and exercise don’t work, I recommend using a simple and inexpensive orthotic treatment such as Heel That Pain Heel Seats. The Heel Seats product is unique in that it incorporates a special patented “fascia bar” which provides acupuncture to relieve pain while helping the plantar fascia ligament heal itself naturally,” said Schultz.
- Rest. Limit daily activities to reduce pain or cease the activities that are causing your pain if possible.
- Reduce Inflammation. WebMD suggests putting ice on the heel as well as using nonsteriodal anti-inflammatory drugs or NSAID’s such as ibuprofen, naproxen, or aspirin. Some people may not know this, but NSAID’s also come in cream form that can be rubbed over the heel and sources of pain.
- Good shock absorption. Choosing shoes with good shock absorption and good arch support also help with heel problems. Experts suggests picking out shoes with well-cushioned soles and athletic shoes (like tennis shoes) to give optimum support to your feet.
- Heel Seats and Cups. Use similar to the types of inserts sold by Jason Schultz at Heel That Pain. Other Heel Seats and Cups can also be purchased at many drug stores, big box stores, and run-of-the mill) shoe stores.
- Weight Loss. Some doctors suggest losing weight as more weight on the foot and heel can cause stress and result in painful conditions like Plantar Fasciitis.
- Hot & Cold. Avoid heat as this can make symptoms worse. If you do use heat, try to use a heating pad on the lowest setting possible. One other option is to try contrast baths. Contrast baths are using both hot and cold water, but the goal is to ultimately have cold water to soak your feet in.
- Last Resort. As a last resort, some people choose surgery, but many do not need to choose this option as there are many treatment options that do not include surgery.
Now what about those high-heels that women like to wear all the time? I asked Jason what he thought about these devils for the feet. Are they really that bad? “Yes, although they look great, don’t they? Truth in high heels can cause everything from small problems such as bunions to larger issues such as injured leg muscles, osteoarthritis of the knee, back pain, and plantar fasciitis – just to name a few,” said Schultz.
Heel pain may feel like daily drudgery, but it does not have to. Trying nonsurgical treatments for heel pain conditions are often the way to go. Having patience with heel pain is one of the keys to getting through it and working through the pain.
1. Young, Craig, C. “Treatment of Plantar Fasciitis.” American Family Physician Journal. Web. Date of Access: 13 Mar 2014.
2. Web MD Reports. “Plantar Fasciitis.” Web MD.com. Web. Date of Access: 13 Mar 2014.
3. “Plantar Fasciitis.” Plantar Fasciitis.org. Web. Date of Access: 13 Mar 2014.
4. Heel-That-Pain Web Site. Web. Date of Access: 13 Mar 2014.