Heel Pain & Plantar fasciitis
Plantar fasciitis causes pain under your heel. It usually goes in time. Treatment may speed up recovery. Treatment includes rest, good footwear, heel pads, painkillers, and exercises. A steroid injection or other treatments may be used in more severe cases.
What is plantar fasciitis?
Plantar fasciitis means inflammation of your plantar fascia. Your plantar fascia is a strong band of tissue (like a ligament) that stretches from your heel to your middle foot bones. It supports the arch of your foot and also acts as a shock-absorber in your foot.
Repeated small injuries to the fascia (with or without inflammation) are thought to be the cause of plantar fasciitis. The injury is usually near to where the plantar fascia attaches to your heel bone.
You are more likely to injure your plantar fascia in certain situations. For example:
If you are on your feet for a lot of the time, or if you do lots of walking, running, standing, etc, when you are not used to it. (Plantar fasciitis may be confused with 'Policeman's heel', but they are different. Policeman's heel is plantar calcaneal bursitis - inflammation of the sack of fluid (bursa) under the heel bone. This is not as common as plantar fasciitis.) Also, people with a sedentary lifestyle are more prone to plantar fasciitis.
If you have recently started exercising on a different surface - for example, running on the road instead of a track.
If you have been wearing shoes with poor cushioning or poor arch support.
If you are overweight - this will put extra strain on your heel.
If there is overuse or sudden stretching of your sole. For example: athletes who increase running intensity or distance; poor technique starting 'off the blocks', etc.
If you have a tight Achilles tendon (the big tendon at the bottom of your calf muscles above your heel). This can affect your ability to flex your ankle and make you more likely to damage your plantar fascia.
Often there is no apparent cause for plantar fasciitis, particularly in older people. A common wrong belief is that the pain is due to a bony growth or 'spur' coming from the heel bone (calcaneum). Many people have a bony spur of the heel bone but not everyone with this gets plantar fasciitis.
How common is plantar fasciitis?
Plantar fasciitis is common. Around 1 in 10 people will get plantar fasciitis at some time in their life. It is most common in people between the ages of 40 to 60 years. However, it can occur at any age. It is twice as common in women as it is in men. It is also common in athletes.
What are the symptoms of plantar fasciitis?
Pain is the main symptom. This can be anywhere on the underside of your heel. However, commonly, one spot is found as the main source of pain. This is often about 4 cm forward from your heel, and may be tender to touch.
The pain is often worst when you take your first steps on getting up in the morning, or after long periods of rest where no weight is placed on your foot. Gentle exercise may ease things a little as the day goes by, but a long walk or being on your feet for a long time often makes the pain worse. Resting your foot usually eases the pain.
Sudden stretching of the sole of your foot may make the pain worse - for example, walking up stairs or on tiptoes. You may limp because of pain. Some people have plantar fasciitis in both feet at the same time.
How is plantar fasciitis diagnosed?
Your doctor can usually diagnose plantar fasciitis just by talking to you and examining your feet. Rarely, tests are needed if the diagnosis is uncertain or to rule out other possible causes of heel pain. These can include X-rays of the heel or an ultrasound scan of the fascia. An ultrasound scan usually shows thickening and swelling of the fascia in plantar fasciitis.
BIO Power Heel support
Heel support with therapy devices
BIO power Heel Support incorporates some of the advantages of the original Heel Strap plus the added benefits of further strengthening the heel structure mechanism by applying pressure on the tendon above the lower foot as well.
With inside therapy devices of dia 10x2 mm
Made of the highest grade neoprene, covered with stretch nylon on both sides for compression and heat retention
BIO power heel support provide a therapeutic treatment to heels, muscle and joint pain or injury. Its adjustable Velcro strap insures comfortable fit and stabilization.
Neoprene is a stretchable, flexible and comfortable material, that holds heat in but lets moisture (sweat) out. You not only look good wearing them, but they also make you feel better by relieving muscular tension and fatigue through increased blood circulation as observed by clinical tests.
Soft and comfortable stretch cotton provides firm support. Strategically placed therapy devices provide continuous therapy. They are designed for a close fit so you are able to wear them under any type of clothing. Because of the cosy and snug fit it is tempting to keep these on for long periods of time, thus allowing the therapy devices to do their work.
If you experience itching or rashes, please discontinue use.
People who should avoid therapy are:
* pregnant women
* people who wear pacemakers
* people who wear electronic devices
* people who wear electrically operated devices.