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All about plantar fasciitis that you should know

8/05/2017 Dhanur Chauhan 0 Comments

Plantar fasciitis is a condition in which the bottom of the foot tends have a swelling or inflammation. It is named after the tissue, plantar fascia, which is present on the heel bone and goes all the way to the bottom of the foot.  It works as a tension bridge that not only offers support but also absorbs shock so that body can manage equilibrium and does not feel the weight when the feet are on the ground. Thanks to advance in medicine, there are effective ways to plantar fasciitis treatment.

 Cause and treatment

There can be many reasons to the condition. The tissue is more like a rubber band, so the constant expansion and contraction due to excess physical activity or tiring exercises can lead to plantar fasciitis. This is the reason, this condition is mostly seen in sportspersons. A large majority of people who are not into sports or any kind of rigorous workout regime also suffer from the issue and it could be because of the wrong footwear. Women too suffer due to high-heels.  Overweight, pregnant and elderly people also suffer from inflammation on the heels.

It is important to know that not all heel pain is plantar fasciitis. Thus, it is necessary for a proper diagnosis. Only a MRI can find if the heel pain is plantar fasciitis. Even ultrasonography can help in a proper diagnosis. The good news is that today plantar fasciitis treatment is possible without any surgery. ESWT or extra-corporeal shockwave therapy is an effective way to treat the condition.

The standing calf stretch exercise is also found to be effective in treating the heel inflammation. Self-massage is another way of treating the pain in the heels. This is done using a tennis ball or a bottle containing frozen water. You should keep it on the ground and then roll it with your foot. These exercises should be tried but if the condition persists, then it is time to look for other forms of treatment.

Doctors also advise patients to use a customized shoe insert that can offer more stability and thereby alleviate pain. You can also approach clinics that specialize in the treatment of plantar fasciitis. Advanced heel therapy is also a helpful treatment via which the mobility of joints is enhanced. It also helps in the lengthening of the tissues. The advantage of the treatment is that it is non-invasive and thus safe and reliable. The treatment also focuses on the rehabilitation of the patient by re-training the nervous system.

If the issue is more severe, then they also use the ESWT method so that the damaged tissues can be regenerated. The therapy utilises energy pulses which causes mild trauma in the tissue of the heels thereby enabling natural tissue repair. The best thing about ESWT is that it was found to be effective even for those enduring chronic plantar fasciitis for a long time and on whom other forms of treatments have proven to be futile.

In fact, those who have been advised surgery should try ESWT as it can relieve the condition as it has in many patients.