Causes, Treatment, and Caring of Plantar Fasciitis
Heel pain is in most cases caused by plantar fasciitis, heel pain is sometimes referred to as heel spur syndrome particularly when there is a spur, it is worth noting that heel pain can also be caused by a fracture, tendon problems, arthritis disease, or in rare situations by a cyst. Given many possible sources the pain in the heel, it is imperative to have the heel pain examined by a reliable and reputable ankle surgeon for proper diagnoses, a good and experience ankle surgeon can distinguish between all probabilities and to identify the source of the heel pain. Many people have no idea what plantar fasciitis is, it is simply swelling of the plantar fascia that link the heel to toes, where it is the cause of your heel pain the membrane becomes irritated first and later swell cause the heel to pain. This article provides you with some insights regarding causes, symptoms, diagnosis, and available non-surgical treatment of plantar fasciitis.
The main cause of plantar fasciitis is faulty foot structure, this is common in people with flat feet, high-arched feet, or those with arch problems, chances of developing plantar fasciitis are high when you wear non-supportive shoes on hard flat surfaces, people who work long hours on their feet and those who are overweight have high chances of developing plantar fasciitis.
Some of the common signs of plantar fasciitis includes sharp and stabbing pain emanating from the lower part of the heel, arch pains, pain which worsen on standing, the pain increases over time, and swelling on the bottom of the heel. People suffering from plantar fasciitis explain that pain worsens on standing after sitting for a considerable amount of time, however, walking decreases the pain because it stretches the fascia.
The foot and ankle surgeon will obtain your medical history and physically examine your foot before arising to the final diagnosis, before you are diagnosed with plantar fasciitis, the ankle surgeon will rule out all other possible cause of heel pain, to distinguish different types of heel pain, the ankle surgeon may use diagnostic imaging such as x-rays or other imaging techniques, there are times heel spurs are found in a patient with plantar fasciitis although this is a rare thing when a spur is present this is referred as plantar fasciitis or heel spur syndrome.
Some of the non-surgical treatment available to manage or treat plantar fasciitis includes stretches of calf muscles, avoiding walking barefoot, use ice, 20 min daily to reduce inflammation, you can use medications such as oral nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), and use shoes that are designed with supportive arch.