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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 . View
Pictures of taping.
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.
Heel pain sufferers find extra support in Dr
Foot Pro Insoles
If you suffer from plantar fascitis or heel pain, you've found
a friend in these ultra-supportive foot supports. The soft cover
and the flexible EVA base material create an excellent arch
support which immediately treats the cause of the heel pain.
This product combines a pressure relieving heel spur cavity
with a well designed heel cup. Absorbs impact at heel strike.
Allows the heel area to be in virtual suspension with the built
in circular hot spot. Ideal for the treatment of Heel Spurs
and early morning heel pain.
Initially you should decrease any strenuous activities such
as sports and long walks to allow inflammation in the fascia
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.
When feet are swollen, sore or you’re
suffering from chronic heel pain, an application of cold and
warmth assists in the healing process.
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.
Heel pain night splints maintain the ankle in a upward position
and toe extension, creating a constant mild stretch of the plantar
fascia that allows it to heal at a functional length. Please
view the night splint section for further information.
The FXT plantar fasciitis splint fits like a
sock, gives greater freedom.
Speed up the heeling process of plantar fasciitis 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, 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.
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 increases. Tightening
in these muscles increases dorsi flexion (upward movement) of
the large toe which stretches the plantar fascia causing it
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-specific stretch. Patient crosses affected foot
over other leg, grasps the base of 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 are performed daily.
The Pro Stretch helps control heel pain in minutes!
Three 30-second step stretches work wonders for heel pain
Step right up to maximize the benefits of safe, effective stretching
to control heel pain and discomfort. Developed by sports professionals
for everyone, the patented rocker design of the pro stretch
automatically holds the foot in the optimal position for proper
Heel Pain Massagers
For those with heel pain and plantar fasciitis - once your
pain and swelling have begun to subside, perform this static
stretch three times a day. Continue to use this stretch to prevent
recurrence of plantar fasciitis and heel spur.
Time Required: 5 minutes
1. Sit in a chair or the edge of a bed.
2. Place your foot on the Heel Pain Massager
3. Press the foot into the Heel Pain Massager and roll the
foot over the entire length.
4. Roll for 30-60 seconds. Repeat five times.
Chill the Heel Pain Massager overnight and use in the morning
for pain relief.
Designed by a physical therapist, this unique massager provides
much-needed relief to those with plantar fasciitis, heel spurs
and aching feet. The secret is the innovative shape and knobby
texture. Slowly roll your feet over the sphere for a deep tissue
massage, applying pressure where you need it to relieve arch
and heel pain. Warm up or chill the massager for soothing hot
/ cold therapy.
Limited evidence supports the use of corticosteroid injections
to manage plantar fasciitis. I have known patients that have
had a corticosteriod 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.
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 is rarely a treatment option for heel pain. Podiatrists
have applied well-padded fiberglass walking casts with the ankle
in a neutral to slight dorsi flexion (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%. Click
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