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Most of our daily life activities are impossible without being on feet. The feet which carry the entire burden of your body, if neglected, can cause discomforts in life. Heel pain is one such cause of the negligibility. It is most often caused by plantar fasciitis, which is sometimes also called heel spur syndrome when a spur is formed.
If you feel stabbing heel pain in the morning especially at the sole, then you are most likely suffering from Plantar Fasciitis. It occurs when a tissue called plantar fascia that connects the heel bones to the toes gets deformed and leads to inflammation, irritation, severe pain and sometimes the formation of heel spurs. This condition makes moving around on the feet difficult. Simple activities like walking, running and even standing for a longer period of time become highly uncomfortable. Approximately 15% of the general population is currently affected by this disorder.
Heel pain causes
It is most commonly seen in the people aged between 30 and 60. The heel pain due to plantar fasciitis is mainly caused by the strain in the tissue that typically occurs in the strenuous sports-related activities, improper foot structure, non-supportive footwear, being overweight and getting involved in the activities which require prolonged standing etc.
Plantar Fasciitis Treatments v/s Electrotherapy
Simple conservative treatments can often resolve the effects of the above-stated heel pain reasons if diagnosed earlier to some extent. Let’s have a look at some of the effective home remedies for heel pain and why electrotherapy is effective among all.
1. Rest and exercises:
Getting involved in strenuous activities is the main cause of heel pain. Hence, rest is required to counter the effect and to ease off the heel pain. Coupling that up with some light plantar fasciitis foot exercises can help to prevent the pulling or tightening of the plantar fascia tissue.
2. Correct footwear:
Opt for the shoes that are a good fit with natural arch support. This will prevent the tissue from getting deformed. Skip walking barefoot on the floor to avoid further stress on the tissue.
Wearing night splints can help brace the ankles and feet in the proper position and stretch the tissue, reducing the pain.
4. Ice pack:
Using an ice pack is a great way to soothe the inflammation and pain in the sole of feet. Instead of applying ice directly; use an Ultracool ice pack.
It is considered the most effective, non-invasive and drug-free treatment of all. Use of Ultrasound Machine over the heels can help in increasing the blood flow by eliciting muscular contractions in soft tissues, alleviating the inflammation and the heel pain. It is also an effective method for heel spur treatment and when combined with the traditional R.I.C.E (Rest, Ice, Elevate, Compression) i.e. U.R.I.C.E, can be an excellent plantar fasciitis cure.
Benefits of Electrotherapy
The low-frequency electrical current stimulation of Electrotherapy blocks the body’s pain signals, thereby reducing the heel pain.
It is very much cost-effective compared to other expensive treatments.
While some treatments reduce pain temporarily, electrotherapy works on the root cause in order to give permanent relief naturally.
The electrotherapy stimulation in addition to the stretches and due care can help fight the pain associated with the plantar fasciitis and heel spur showing an overall improvement in functional activity levels, helping you to get back your happy feet.