Causes are many, however in a non-traumatic situation, plantar fasciitis is a common cause involving the degeneration, inflammation, and irritation of the plantar fascia in one or both feet. The plantar fascia is a thick tissue band in the bottom of the foot that connects the heel bone to the toe and forms the arch. The inflammation and degeneration may cause instant, stabbing pains in the heel. This pain is typically most noticeable with the first steps of the morning and may die down throughout the day. Pain may also occur after standing or being inactive (sitting) for a long period of time.
In adults, plantar fasciitis is the most common cause of heel pain.
At home treatment options iinclude life style changes, Orthotics, Ice, Weight Loss, Stretching, Splints and Physical Therapy.
Nonseteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) including aspirin are typically prescribed to help people manage their pain however there are many side effects associated with these types of medications. They can lead to high blood pressure, nausea, diarrhea and extreme digestive upset. Physical therapy including stretching exercises and orthotics are sometimes prescribed for longer term care. The application of high-energy shock waves to the plantar fascia is effective in some patients. In severe cases, a corticosteroid injection is often prescribed; especially in patients whose symptoms are not alleviated by at least 8 weeks of conservative treatment. Cortisone is not a longterm solution and is associated with many negative side effects. Surgery is also recommended in rare cases.
Biopuncture is an effective treatment for foot pain of various origins. Natural remedies are injected into the region of the inflammed or weakened tissue to help strengthen it and speed recovery time. To read more on this therapy, click here.
Other natural alternatives to medication include therapies such as laser therapy with a chiropractor, rehabilitation exercises, work modifications, IMS (intramuscular stimulation) and medical acupuncture with electro-stimulation with a naturopath or specially licensed chiroprator, massage, active release therapy and/or hydrotherapy techniques.
Anti-inflammatory approaches through nutrition and natural remedies are also helpful in both the management of pain and prevention of further degeneration.
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