Heel pain can be a sign of plantar fasciitis: THIS is what you should do about it

Heel pain can be a sign of plantar fasciitis: THIS is what you should do about it

The 69-year-old West End star, who keeps fit by walking 10,000 steps a day, suffers from plantar fasciitis, more commonly referred to as heel pain.

"Even though I've recently overdone it with walking and have plantar fasciitis, it's horrible and the pain in my heel is very sore." Plantar fasciitis is an inflammation of the plantar fascia, a tough band of tissue stretching from the bone of the heel to the base of the toes, acting as a shock absorber.

The pain generally gradually builds up and gets worse over time.

Walking often improves the pain for some in the early stages but for others it gets worse after a long walk or stand.

"It's essentially a question of overload, meaning you've done something the plantar fascia couldn't cope with," he explains.

"A change in footwear can also contribute to the problem. Flat, unsupportive shoes can increase the load through the plantar fascia compared to supporting shoes with a small heel." "It is only when we start pulling too hard and too fast that we start to see the changes happen. This process is similar to what happens to the plantar fascia."

Plantar fasciitis can be stubborn and not necessarily what works for another person.

"A podiatrist can give you exercises to help relieve pain and improve plantar fascia flexibility, help with footwear advice and other supporting devices such as orthotics or strapping to help support the foot," he says.

Nick says the key to successful treatment of heel pain is to help strengthen the muscles of the plantar fascia and the calf so that they can tolerate more load before they get injured.

Despite standard medical advice to use anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen to treat heel pain, Nick says: "This is not usually an inflammatory problem, so the use of anti-inflammatory drugs may not be the best treatment for the vast majority of people." Nick suggests simple steps you can take to manage heel pains.

CALF RAISES. These can help strengthen the muscle of the calf, which is important since the muscle of the calf and the fascia of the plantar are part of the same structure.

PLANTAR FASCIA STRETCHING. Some targeted stretches can also be of great help to the plantar fascia.

Read the original article "Heel pain can be a sign of plantar fasciitis: you should do this" at https://www.express.co.uk/life-style/life/821734/Heel-pain-plantar-fasciitis-exercises-symptoms

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