Plantar Fasciitis is heel pain which occurs as the connective tissue on the bottom of the foot pulls on its attachment to the heel when the foot flattens. Foot pain is generally very bad in the morning, improving during the day and then becoming painful again after a period of rest.
Our feet are required to be flexible and rigid at different stages of walking and they must support a load of up to 4 times your body weight. Our feet are among the most complex structures in human anatomy, but as complicated as feet are, most foot problems are simple to classify.
Overuse Syndrome for Heel Pain
“Overuse syndrome” is a term used to describe a foot injury that develops gradually as a result of a change in intensity or type of activity.
For athletes, this may be caused by increasing mileage or starting a new exercise program.
For many other people, it is regular day-to-day activity or weight gain. In any case, if your feet hurt, it will force you to reduce your activity level and consequently diminish your overall health.
How to Heal Heel Pain
The best treatment and prevention for foot related problems is a combination of stretching, weight control and appropriate footwear.
Weight is a significant factor in foot problems. Unfortunately, the less you can exercise due to foot pain, the more difficult it is to control your weight.
Stretching also helps by toning the muscles and tendons in the back of your legs that have attachments in the foot. This is especially important for people who are suffering from plantar fasciitis or heel pain.
Arch Support Helps Plantar Fasciitis
Effective treatment of plantar fasciitis should include arch support with custom orthotics or off-the-shelf inserts. Other treatment includes stretching the gastrocnemius complex, icing, anti-inflammatory medications, ultrasound, taping methods, night splints, and massage.