Physical pain happens to be the greatest trouble that very much agitates a human. Whenever any kind of pain shows up, there has to be a reason behind it and turning a blind eye to it tends to worsen the situation further. Out of the numerous aches that we get affected with, heel pain has been troubling many for long now.
Approximately 1 in 10 people are expected to get affected by heel pain in their lifespan. The matter of fact is that it is yet to be characterised as a health threat. The people falling in the age group of 40 to 60 years are more likely to develop it, and women are more prone to such troubles. Among adults, plantar fasciitis is the primary cause for almost 11-15% of the foot issues; they face in their lifetime. Moreover, plantar fasciitis accounts for nearly 8% running related injuries.
The heel is the largest bone a foot has. That leads us to the conclusion that any type of pain or discomfort in the heel can restrict one’s physical activity; not to forget, it can create an imbalance in the routine life too. To ensure that the heel pain does not worsen, it is always advisable to head straight to a medical specialist who can diagnose it right, get hold of the cause and treat the issue accordingly.
It is always beneficial, to know the probable causes and effective treatments available for heel discomfort. The role, our heels play in the body movement makes it vulnerable to damage that leads to pain. Plantar fasciitis, as is termed medically, refers to the pain under the heel of the foot.
The most commonly known cause is undue or too much pressure on the foot that might damage plantar fascia ligament which ultimately leads to pain and stiffness, at times. The other causes of pain in the heel of foot can be
* Weight gain
* Increasing age
* Donning unsupportive footwear
* Walking barefoot or flat feet.
Therefore, the task of diagnosis should be entrusted upon a trustworthy specialist only.
Post diagnosis of the entire cause of the pain, an appropriate treatment is advised to the patient by the medical specialist. The first preference is given to conservative treatments that keep the radical medical therapeutic measures at bay with an expected recovery within few months. Depending upon the condition, one might be prescribed non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs to reduce the pain and swelling which might also provide relief in inflammation too.
In many cases, the non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs are sufficient to help relieve the pain, but where they fail to work, the next step can be an application of a corticosteroid solution over the affected area wherein an electric current is used to help in the absorption process. An alternative to this is injecting medication; the result of multiple injections can at times be weakened plantar fascia ligament too.
Another way to get rid of the pain is physiotherapy that has proved to be miraculous in many medical conditions globally. The list of known treatments happens to be an extended one, some of them are:
* Night Splints
* Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy
* In some cases, Surgery
It all depends on the cause and severity of the problem.