Did you ever experience pain in the heel at the moment just got up in the morning? In most cases, heel pain caused by inflammation of the plantar fascia – the tissue along the bottom of the foot that connects the heel bone to the toes us. This condition is called plantar fasciitis, mostly suffered by women because of a mistake in choosing footwear.
Symptoms of Plantar Fasciitis?
Plantar fasciitis causes stabbing pain or a burning sensation that is usually worse in the morning because the fascia tightens throughout the night.
As soon as we walk around for a while, the pain caused by plantar fasciitis is usually reduced, but it may be painful after a few long standing or after getting up from a sitting position.
Heel pain coud go away by itself without surgery or other invasive treatments. And you can take some steps to prevent plantar fasciitis again.
In normal circumstances, the plantar fascia we work as a fibre fibre shock absorber (shock-absorbing bowstring), underpins the curve in our feet. But, if the tension in the fibre-fibre is too large, it can happen a few small tears at the fibre-fibre. When this happens over and over the fascia will be inflamed.
Furthermore, in women, the wrong footwear can also cause inflammation.
Plantar Fasciitis causes pain that typically occurs when first setting foot morning. Heel pain will also occur when standing too long or get out of the seat.
Plantar Fasciitis is mainly seen in runners, people who are overweight, pregnant women and people who wear improper shoes.
“Ignoring plantar fasciitis can cause chronic condition that interferes with your routine activities. You can also experience problems in the feet, knees, thighs or buttocks because of plantar fasciitis will change the way you walk,” said Dr Kevin Yip.
Tricks to relief heel pain
The following tricks that can be done to relief heel pain:
- Maintain a healthy and ideal body weight as this will minimize the stress on your plantar fascia.
- Choosing an ergonomic shoes. Avoid shoes with heels that are too low. Buy shoes with a low to moderate heel, have good arch support and absorbs shock / beat well. Do not go barefoot, especially on a hard surface.
- Do not use damaged athletic shoes. Replace your old athletic shoes when it is no longer fit to your feet. If you’re a runner, buy new shoes after using the shoes for approximately 400 miles.
- Start sports activities slowly. Warm up before starting any athletic activity or sport, and start a new exercise program slowly.
- Stretch on waking. Before you get out of bed in the morning, stretch your calf muscles, arch and Achilles tendon by tapping your toes and slowly fold your legs.
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