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19 Jul

Is Inaction causing your heel pain?

When you awoke this morning, did you have a sharp stabbing pain to your feet? Do your feet hurt more after sitting and or sleeping? Do they get progressively worse as you stand or walk throughout the day? This heel pain is not normal and can often be helped  by understanding the problem and working to take action to solve the causes and help alleviate pain.

Some type of repetitive stress is often at the route of most heel pain. The largest bone in the foot is the heel bone. When we walk the heel bone is usually the first part of the foot that hits the ground and is responsible for supporting much of the body’s weight. This makes the heel of the foot prone to injury.

I have always maintained that pain is never normal. With this understanding however we suffer foot pain on a regular basis. Of the causes of pain including bunions, corns, curly toes, dry, cracked heels and even injuries like sprains and fractures, one particular ailment – heel pain- (According to the   Institute of Chiropodists and Podiatrists),  is a leading cause of pain.

According to leading foot health professionals heel pain is a detrimental foot ailment that affects thousands of us every day.

 Foot pain of any kind is not normal.

If acted upon early, most types of heel pain, including the most common which is planter fasciitis, can be treated with non –invasive treatment options. However the longer one waits to have their heel pain evaluated by a professional the more difficult it is to treat.

The truth About Planter fasciitis- What is it?

When you step out of bed, do you have severe heel pain or is it painful walking barefoot? Do you have trouble walking to the bathroom? Maybe the pain even improves as you hobble around for a few moments. This condition is becoming more common and is seen in both men and a woman usually has the diagnosis of planter fasciitis. This is caused by an inflammation of the planter fascia which is a ligament extending from the heel to the toes. This condition can be further aggravated and sometimes even caused by a tight Achilles tendon.

If this is your problem often some self-care at home can alleviate the problems. These would include stretching, ice massage and anti-inflammatory remedies.

Generally heel pain can be avoided by wearing shoes that fit well, wearing the proper shoes for each activity, not wearing shoes with excessive or uneven worn heels or soles and stretching foot and ankle muscles properly before and after exercising.

 

Visiting a foot health professional as soon as heel or any kind of foot pain is experienced improves the chance of finding a solution and can help you return to regular activities without the limitation of heel pain. Remember pain is never normal!!!

 

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