Plantar fasciitis is common in middle-aged people, particularly with those who are on their feet a lot a work.
Teachers, hairdressers, walkers, businessmen, women and retirees can all be prone to this condition. It also occurs in younger people who are on their feet a lot, like athletes or soldiers. It can happen in one foot or both feet. Plantar fasciitis is caused by straining the ligament that supports your arch. Repeated strain can cause tiny tears in the ligament. These can lead to pain and on your first initial steps … and for some this can be excruciating!
The plantar fascia itself is one of the strongest structures in your body and is a flat band of tissue (ligament) that connects your heel bone to your toes and supports the arch of your foot. Studies have shown up to 30 times your body weight can be loaded through the plantar fascia with heavy impact. Naturally the ‘weakest point’, therefore, is the attachment point to the heel bone.
You wake up, put your feet to the floor, stand up to walk then … THE PAIN stops you in your tracks.
“Why is my heel so painful?”
Believe it or not, a large number of heel pain cases that are diagnosed as plantar fasciitis are not actually plantar fasciitis at all! This is because there are other muscles and nerve interactions with the heel that can also produce very similar symptoms, but require different treatment.
So, if you’ve tried the simple traditional therapies listed below, there may be something else that has been missed, and the podiatrists as Podiatry Wise are trained to find these problems. Traditional self help remedies for plantar heel pain:
Before standing after resting … an this includes before getting out of bed … imagine you are writing your name with your big toe … or of course you could write “I will fix my foot pain” to really get the positive vibes going!
Massage… we sure deserve a massage!
Gently massage your feet over a tennis ball before you stand and move each foot ‘gently’ over the ball backwards and forwards over the whole length of your foot. One minute each foot will help flush away painful, inflammatory fluids that build up when resting.
Stretch those calf muscles!!
After the tennis ball massage stand approximately 1 meter from a wall, keep your knees straight, bring your hips towards the wall while steadying yourself with your hands on the wall. Hold that position for 30 seconds and repeat.
Soothing your foot with a good sole…
To help reduce the tension further before you set off on your tasks ahead be kind to your feet by putting them in a graded soled sandal/shoe that is slightly higher at the heel than the front. BEFORE you stand give yourself some welcome relief first and help relieve the pain.
For assistance with heel pain, please contact us today on 9531 1007.