Do you suffer from pain?
Do you suffer from pain, especially in the mornings or after a long rest? Read this! Heel pain can be very disturbing, since we spend most of the day with our feet on the ground. Whether we’re standing, walking, running, or even sitting, the soles of our feet experience almost constant contact pressure. The sensation of pain is very frustrating and doesn’t allow us to behave freely in our daily routine.
You may have begun to experience pain just recently, but the cause for it is your posture and the way that you walk, stand, or run – long-term habits. You creature pressure on the foot according to your particular characteristics, and this has led to the problem that only recently expressed itself through pain.
In order to understand the solution for that pain, we must understand what causes the pain.
There are two main reasons for the pain:
- Plantar fasciitis
- Bone spurs on the heel
There are plenty of names for Plantar fasciitis, common phrases being “tennis heel,” “runner heel,” and even “heel spurs” (although hell spurs are a development of plantar fasciitis).
The reason for pain in this condition is inflammation or degeneration of the plantar fascia. The high arch in the foot acts as a shock absorber for the feet, the knees, and the whole trunk. In strenuous physical activity or poorly oriented activity, tears in the ligament surrounding the plantar fascia may develop. Our bodies can recover from small tears, but when we stretch our feet without proper support, inflammation may occur. This happens especially in athletes who engage in sports that include jumps and multi-loads on the leg.
I meet many people in my clinic who started running without any training, guidance, or appropriate footwear, and after a few months, began to feel pain. Their problems led them to abandon physical activity. It is a shame to lose enthusiasm in sport because of improper training and support. If you are considering a new sport, consult me or a professional who can give you good advice.
Bone Spurs on the Heel
Heel spurs are the development of inflammation in the heel. Our bodies take care of themselves in a variety of illnesses and, most of the time, we don’t even notice. In the case of bone spurs, the body has to deal with the inflammation without our conscious intervention. The body reduces stress on the fascia by enlarging bone tissue and shortening the tension of the ligament. This situation is extremely unpleasant and is avoidable. It is very extremely important to treat yourself while the problem is still beginning and thus avoid unnecessary complication.
Poor lifestyle choices add to the development of heel spurs. Bad diet, stress, poor sleep, obesity, and other factors increase the chances of a heel spur.
The treatment of Plantar fasciitis includes rest, weight loss, treating stress, and custom-made orthotics.
Is there a need to reduce physical activity?
I have no unequivocal answer to everyone, but in most cases, if treated correctly with custom orthotics and stretching, Plantar fasciitis can be cured without a reduction in physical activity. Consult an orthopaedist or physical therapist who specializes in sports.
How will insoles help treat Plantar fasciitis?
When jogging and running, we load a lot of pressure on the foot and pull on the Plantar fascia, causing tearing and inflammation. Custom orthotics restrict the foot and thereby prevent it from stretching dangerously. These orthotics treat the root cause of the problem.
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