When that Pain in Heel Feels Like the Worst Experience of Your Life
If you have ever put your foot down on the floor after sitting or laying down for a while and your heel screams out at you in agony, then what you are probably experiencing is that pain in heel known as plantars fasciitis. Some liken it to the kidney stone of the foot, while others have even compared it to giving birth through your foot.
One thing is for certain: when it comes to pain, there is nothing quite like it. And if you have already recently been diagnosed with plantar fasciitis, you probably have quite a few questions like – what is plantar fasciitis exactly, what is the cure for plantar fasciitis (or if there even is one), and what kind of treatment options you may have. Don’t live with more pain then you need to any longer by learning about and following these easy tips.
What is Plantars Fasciitis?
Many people think of plantars fasciitis as a wart, but it really is not. In fact, it is just an inflammation of the plantar fascia, which is the scientific name for the connective tissues on the bottom of your foot. That tissue starts at your heel bone and then progresses forward toward your toes.
This tissue becomes inflamed most commonly in people who are on their feet a lot, people who have excess weight that puts extra strain on their feet, and in professional or just your everyday athletes. Because the tissues are inflamed, they become extremely painful to walk on. That’s what makes this condition tough on people – because it affects their gait and their ability to stand without being in pain.
What Kind of Treatments Are Available For Plantars Fasciitis?
If you have already received a plantars fasciitis diagnosis, the first thing that will probably be looked at is providing you with some sort of foot support in your shoes. These supports, which are called orthotics, help take the pressure off your inflamed tissues and can end up providing you with relief from your condition.
Wearing an orthotic is by no means a cure for plantar fasciitis, but it can start to give you a reduction in pain while your inflamed tissues get a chance to heal.
Some other basic treatments that can give you relief from this condition is stretching of the connective tissues, icing the affected area, physical therapy to improve the muscles around the inflamed tissues, regular heat therapies to counter the ice therapies, and even corticosteroid shots. Even a little massage can ease the pain of plantars fasciitis a little bit if you have someone willing to do that for you.
I’ve Heard That I Have to Have Surgery When I Have Plantars Fasciitis…
That’s not always the case, quite thankfully. In fact, plantars fasciitis surgery is considered to be a last resort option for people who struggle to manage their plantar fasciitis symptoms or have ongoing unbearable pain that just will not go away despite various attempts to treat it, including losing weight if necessary.
That’s because this surgery involves a lot of risk to the person receiving it. Besides the usual potential complications of bleeding during a surgery, having plantar fasciitis surgery also involves risks to the nerves that are in your foot, the development of an infection in your plantars fasciitis, or even a full rupture of the connective tissues themselves.
Because of all these risks, many doctors will simply utilize every treatment option they can possibly find, including having you wear splints during the night, rather than attempt to release the pain through surgery.
So the Doctor Gave Me Stretches to Perform… Is That Good?
Absolutely! Plantar fasciitis stretches are one of the best treatments available for relieving the pain from this condition. With stretches that are primarily focused on your Achilles tendon and your calf muscles, these stretches are actually designed to help stretch out the inflamed connective tissues of your heel.
As you stretch out inflamed tissues, just like in many other parts of our body, the waste materials that those tissues have collected release from their entrapment and your body can better eliminate them. A continuous regimen of stretching can actually assist in speeding up the time it takes for your body to heal from your pain in heel.
So make sure you are doing your stretches regularly if they have been given to you by your doctor or physical therapist – otherwise, you may find that you are dealing with the pain of this condition for much, much longer than you really need to be.
Are There Any Drugs I Can Take to Feel Better?
When it comes to plantars fasciitis, the pain can be almost unbearable. That’s why some doctors may prescribe prescription painkillers to assist in your recovery. If that has not happened, you can still take things like Tylenol or ibuprofen to assist with the pain.Ibuprofen is a good choice because it is also an anti-inflammatory, so it will help reduce both the pain in your heel and the inflammation of the connective tissues.
The problem with these pain medicines is two fold, however, as some of them can be quite addictive and difficult to get off of once the plantar fasciitis has resolved itself; and consistent usage of drugs like ibuprofen can lead to digestive tract issues like ulcers, stomach infections, or worse. So always take care when taking painkillers for your heel pain and only take what medicine you absolutely need at the time to feel better.
If I Have Plantar Fasciitis, What is My Prognosis?
Even though having your plantars fasciitis connective tissues inflamed may be one of the most uncomfortable and painful things you ever deal with in your life, you can rest assured that you can have a hope of recovery.
With treatments such as wearing a specially designed boot for plantar fasciitis, and/or having orthotics installed in your shoes, your every day walking will be much less painful. Add that to a home treatment regimen of ibuprofen or Tylenol, regular stretches throughout the day, resting more, icing the problematic area, and possibly even using night splints to keep your feet stable at night, you could find that you may no longer have the painful inflammation of plantars fasciitis in as little as 4-6 weeks.
For some, they may not be so lucky and it may become an ongoing condition. As long as you rest, take care of yourself, lose a little weight if you need to, and wear your plantar fasciitis foot supports whenever you are on your feet, you should find that you too can make it through this ordeal.
The pain of plantars fasciitis is almost second to none and you wouldn’t wish it on your worst enemy, that’s for sure. However, by following these treatment tips and taking care of yourself just a little bit more, you can find that not only can you get the pain in your heel to heal, but you can get it to stay away for good.