Foot Pain, Pain in the heel or Plantar Faciitis?

Foot pain caused by Plantar Fasciitis can be severe.

Foot pain caused by Plantar Fasciitis can be severe.

Many people suffer foot pain and particularly painful heels. Many complain of having a “stone bruise”. The pain is usually felt directly under the centre of the heel but sometimes is only felt around the edges of the heel. It is often at its worst with your first few steps when getting out of bed in the morning and often improves with activity or the application of heat. If you are experiencing these symptoms then you might be experiencing plantar fasciitis or heel spurs.

What is plantar fasciitis and heel spurs and why do they cause foot pain?

Plantar fasciitis is thought to be caused by small tears in the plantar fascia or a degeneration of the connective tissue of the plantar fascia close to where it attaches to the calcaneus (heel bone). The plantar fascia is a layer of connective tissue in the sole of the foot.

A heel spur is a bony growth that occurs at the attachment of the plantar fascia to the calcaneus. Whilst a person with a heel pain may have a heel spur A heel spur can also be present with no apparent foot pain at all.

Managing foot pain caused by plantar fasciitis or heel spurs.

  • Wear good supportive footwear at all times. This is an essential part of your recovery. It is important to never walk around with bare feet when suffering from this condition.
  • Stop any activity that aggravates your symptoms.
  • Decreasing pain levels by using over the counter medications is a  good strategy provided you seek treatment for your condition from a health professional and don’t simply try to mask the pain without getting treatment.
  • Perform the stretches listed below daily. Pick a time in your day where you can make these stretches part of your daily routine.

We see plantar fasciitis on a regular basis and have developed a unique holistic approach to the condition.

About Ian Murray

Ian is a registered acupuncturist and Chinese Herbal Medicine practitioner at Kenmore Centre for Health. This website contains general information about medical conditions and treatments. The information is not advice, and should not be treated as such.
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