Never underestimate the severity of the agony that is so simply known as heel pain. Constant pain of this nature can really drag you down to leave you drained and lethargic.
You should not delay if you detect one of the early symptoms of heel pain. The longer it is neglected, the greater the degree of difficulty that will be encountered in treating it effectively. It’s nature is such that the initial discomfort bears little relationship to the agony that can result from neglecting it.
Heel pain and Plantar Fasciitis are not necessarily the same thing, although any heel pain is likely to be caused by the latter. Heel pain can have various causes, many of which are not fully understood. Although there are many different apparent causes of heel pain, the most common is plantar fasciitis (plantar fash-ee-eye-tis).
The plantar fascia is a broad, flat area of tissue running along the bottom of the foot from the heel to the front of the foot. The foot derives support from this.
The searing pain of Plantar Fasciitis can appear at any age but is commoner in older people. Also in those of us who that weigh a bit more than is good for us.
Other causes of foot pain are known, such as rheumatoid arthritis and gout, but Plantar Fasciitis probably makes up about 95 percent of the cases of heel pain.
Initially, many people blame their shoes. Although shoes often play a part, it is not always that simple. It is however, vital to ensure that footwear is appropriate for the activity you are engaged in.
Common triggers for heel pain or plantar fasciitis are listed below.
- Being overweight.
- Tight calf muscles.
- Tight achilles tendon tissues.
- Stress in the instep.
- Running or other exercise without warming up.
- Poor footwear.
- Completing a longer walk than is normal for you.
Plantar fasciitis heel pain is usually experienced at the front of the heel. The pain then spreads along the sole of the foot towards the big toe.
An agonising pain on getting out of bed is one of the signs of this illness. If this happens to you, then there is a very good chance that you have joined the ranks of those suffering from Plantar Fasciitis.
In its early stages, easing of heel pain can be as simple as stretching your foot before getting out of bed in the morning.
A variety of gentle calf and Achilles Tendon stretches can also ease early stage heel pain.
Reduce, or avoid altogether, activities that aggravate the condition. This needs a common sense approach. Some common everyday activities such as going up stairs and walking are not possible to avoid. Whilst strenuous pursuits that involve running or lifting need to be suspended. These can make the level of pain in the heel worse.
Plantar fasciitis is the most usual type of heel pain and is an important manifestation of a physical disability that can prevent or inhibit a weight loss program.
Most of the time, heel problems Do not directly cause obesity. There is no doubt though, that relieving heel pain can be a major contribution to weight loss and better health for a lot of people. If you have plantar fasciitis, you must discontinue running and limit walking until you are absolutely free of pain.
When the time comes to resume your exercise regime, you must commence to just jog very slowly each day until you feel a little discomfort. You must then cease for the day.
It is now accepted that exercise is a crucial part of any attempt to be fit and healthy. So it is as well to ensure that heel pain is avoided by sensible warm-up routines and building up gradually to more sustained or vigorous exercise.