Treating Foot Arch Pain

Treating Foot Arch Pain through Prevention

Treating Foot Arch Pain is Important

One of the health problems we see more and more is people with foot arch pain. Treating foot arch pain can be a long and painful process if don’t know how to go about it and solve this problem. With foot arch pain comes the possible culprit, which is flat foot or flat feet if you have the same issues for both of your feet.

Are you one of those people who are said to be flat footed? Having a flat foot or flat feet is a condition where the foot does not have a normal arch. You may find it affects just one or both feet. The arch is the gap between the inner side of the foot and the ground when standing up. There are many people who have very low arches and some who have no arches and are termed flat-footed. Children are very prone to flat feet and this is something as parents, you should be able to detect early in order to avoid further complications.

There are various symptoms associated with the condition, with the number dependent on the severity of the condition. Some sufferers develop corns and hard skin under the sole of their feet and the arch area can also become tender. Most flat-footed individuals tend go through shoes pretty quickly. In extreme cases some patients may experience calf, knee, hip and back pains.

What causes flat feet?

Flat-footedness may be hereditary so check your family history. It may also be the result of abnormal walking conditions caused by incorrect development of the foot. An easy way to detect this is by observing one’s walk or run. One other way is to look at the sole of the shoes worn suffering from flat feet. It will provide you an excellent indication whether the person you think has flat feet is indeed suffering from the abnormality.

A ruptured tendon may also cause flat-footedness. Cerebral palsy, spina bifida and muscular dystrophy can also result in a flat foot condition. Suffering from flat feet can lead directly to arch pain.

Some ways to treat flat footedness include:

• Wearing wider size shoes
• Never self-treat secondary lesions
• Buy high quality insoles to take the pressure and pain away from the arch.

Traditionally, insoles (also called orthotics) are plastic inserts that are placed inside the shoe. They are one of the most common ways to treat foot arch pain. The insert cups the heel as well supports the arch, but since they aren’t flexible they don’t extend along the full length of the foot. These types of insoles are uncomfortable and ineffective for most flat-footed persons.

Although, older style insoles forced the arch into its correct position they didn’t relieve the pressure that was forcing the arch to collapse. This is the reason why new and better flexible insoles were created. Theses new breed of insoles are incredibly supportive and provide a stable treatment for flat-footed patients. But before buying insoles it would be best to consult your doctor to discuss what type of insoles are right for your unique situation.

What is arch pain?

Arch pain refers to inflammation or a burning sensation right in the arch area of the foot. The plantar fascia, a broad band of fibrous tissue found at the bottom of the foot may become inflamed leading to arch pain.

The treatments for arch pain include avoiding high-heeled shoes, and trying some high quality orthotics insoles to remove pressure (and pain) from the arch.

When looking for the best orthotics insoles for arch pain is one that offers foot support and helps correct posture and body mechanics. These types of soles are intended to prevent foot strain and injury. It also keeps feet from rolling inward, which can result in the entire lower body being out of alignment. Moreover, these types of soles cure the underlying cause of arch pain and help to restore the natural arch of the foot.

You may want to look at Foot Revitalize.com’s Best Orthotics Insoles for 2017 for more details and a solid choice.

If you think you have any of the foot problems discussed here, consult your own doctor for the treatments that will be best for your unique situation.

Heel Pain A Plantar Fasciitis Condition

Plantar Fasciitis ConditionThe most common causes of heel pain is a condition called plantar fasciitis condition. Plantar fasciitis is the inflammation of the plantar fascia. The plantar fascia is a broad band of tissue which originates from the heel, runs along the sole of the foot and connects to the toes.

The plantar fascia works like a rubber band between the heel and the ball of your foot to form the arch of your foot. If the band is short, you’ll have a high arch, and if it’s long, you’ll have a low arch, what some people call flat feet. A pad of fat in your heel covers the plantar fascia to help absorb the shock of walking. Plantar fasciitis is often referred to as a heel spur which is a calcium deposit in the plantar fascia attachment. The heel spur does not cause pain.

Before you read more, you may also want to look at these 5 remedies for plantar fasciitis.

Simple Ways to Treat Plantar Fasciitis Condition

Taping

Athletic tape is applied to the plantar fascia and works be reducing tension by preventing the fascia from stretching. The tape is strapped from the heel to the base of the toes. Tension is maintained by the tape thus allowing the fascia to rest and heal. The tape has to stick to the skin for it to work due to the tension being transferred through to the skin. Specific athletic tape should be used. Podiatrists recommend that the tape be applied every morning and removed every evening to allow the skin to breathe.

Shoe Inserts

Shoe inserts are by far the most effective treatment used to manage plantar fasciitis. They help reduce stress at key weight points. Keep each foot properly aligned and cradle, which stabilizes your heels. A strategically placed heel insert made of poron foam absorbs the pounding foot shock of each step.

Rest

Initially you should decrease any strenuous activities such as sports and long walks to allow inflammation in the fascia to decrease.

Ice and Heat

Proven therapy for plantar fasciitis by alternating application of heat and cold coupled with massage works wonders to relieve pain, reduce swelling and promote healing. Use ice pack in morning and heat pack in the evening.

Hot/Cold Packs provide therapy that’s constantly in touch with sore muscles, tendons and tissue. Microwave or freeze the packs depending on the desired treatment. Cold therapy is especially beneficial in the treatment of plantar fasciitis (heel pain). Apply cold therapy initially and heat therapy when the heel is in the healing phase.

Night Splints

Swede-O FXT Plantar Fascia Night SplintHeel pain night splints maintain the ankle in a upward position forcing toe extension. This action creates a constant mild stretch of the plantar fascia allowing it to heal at a functional length.

Speed up the heeling process of plantar fasciitis FXT Night Splints with this low profile, thermal lined bootie from Swede-O. The PF FXT allows you to sleep comfortably while gently stretching out the plantar fascia. This the band of connective tissue that runs from the heel to the toe. Slip on the bootie and adjust the dorsal flexion (amount of tension) to pull back the toes towards the ankle.

Stretching

One of the most effective treatment options for plantar fasciitis is stretching. Tightness in the plantar fascia occurs if the Achilles tendon and calf muscles tension increase. Tightning in these muscles increases dorsiflexion (upward movement) of the large toe, which stretches the plantar fascia causing it to inflame.

Therefore it makes sense that reduction of the tightness of the achilles tendon and calf muscles will have a positive effect on heel pain.

Plantar Fascia Stretch

This is a plantar fascia-specific stretch. In this situation, the patient crosses the affected foot over the contralateral leg. Then, he grasps the base of the toes, and pulls the toes back towards the shin until a stretch in the arch is felt. The stretch is held for 10 seconds and repeated. Three sets of 10 repetitions should be performed daily.

Corticosteroid Injections

Limited evidence supports the use of corticosteroid injections to manage plantar fasciitis. I have known patients that have had a corticosteroid injections in the heel by their doctor and they have reported extreme pain with very little benefit.

Emu Muscle and Joint Gel

This gel, blended with Black pepper and Eucalyptus Essential Oil is excellent for relieving muscular aches such as heel pain.

Directions: Gently rub in a thin coat of gel to the affected area. Repeat up to four times daily with 3-4 hours between applications. If symptoms persist, consult a health professional.

Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy (ESWT)

A relatively new treatment option for heel pain is ESWT, which involves the usage of high intensity sound waves to cause neovascularization (tissue repair). ESWT should be used in conjunction with other conservative options such as stretching, orthotics, activity modifications and maintaining a healthy weight. The success of ESWT is difficult to establish due to different levels of intensity being use by different practitioners. However, anecdotal evidence suggests that this treatment option can be successful. ESWT is not available in all podiatrist surgeries and is generally only available in specialist clinics.

Casting

Casting is rarely a treatment option for heel pain. Podiatrists have applied well-padded fiberglass walking casts with the ankle in a neutral to slight dorsiflexion (upward position). There has been many long term studies carried out on this treatment option but overall casting works in a similar fashion to plantar fasciitis night splints.

Surgery for plantar fasciitis should be the last option as success rates can be as low as 37% and as high as 60%.

 

What is Plantar Fasciitis

Do you experience intense heel pain when you take your first step in the morning?

If you do, chances are high that you suffer from Plantar Fasciitis and intense heel pain in the morning is one of the conditions of this illness.

Treatment of Plantar Fasciiatis

Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common types of heel pain problems developed in most people. (including myself!) Plantar fasciitis is a painful inflammatory condition caused by excessive wear and tear to the plantar fascia area of a person’s foot.

The pains associate with a plantar fasciitis problem is usually felt on the underside of the heel and very often is most intense and painful when you begin your day – the time when you stand up from your bed after a night sleep. The pain will also resurface after a period of rest and inactivity.

While women are more likely to suffer from plantar fasciitis, it affects many who are overweight and plump. You are also at risk of getting plantar fasciitis if you holds a job that require a lot of walking or standing on hard surface for long period of time.

Resting your feet off the weight of your body is the primary method of plantar fasciitis treatment. Since many foot injuries are a result of muscles and tendon imbalances, stretching some of your muscle groups apart from strengthening can help to alleviate your heel pain problems.

Your stretching exercises should concentrate on the Achilles tendon and calf muscles group. These exercises can be done at the comfort of your home to treat the condition and lessening the chance of recurrence plantar fasciitis pain.

Exercise 1: Bend 1 leg forward in a semi-lunge position and thrust the other leg straight back. Hold the position for a minute and switch leg.

Exercise 2: Stand on a step and balance on the balls of your feet with your heels hanging over the edge. Drop your heels below the step and hold for a minute.

In the more serious cases where conservative treatment cannot help cure your heel pain, your doctor may inject steroidal anti-inflammatory medications (corticosteroid) into your heels or recommend casting your affected foot in a short leg cast. When all else fail a surgery might be needed to release your ligament to improve your condition.