Heel pain in the form of plantar fasciitis requires the following be addressed; 1. Inflammation 2. Tight soft tissue and 3. Biomechanics.
To address inflammation, icing is a great start on the road to recovery. Anti-inflammatory medications are another way to decrease inflammation and area available in many forms.
Tight soft tissue refers to the typical tightness noted within the band of plantar fascia on the foot and ALSO a tight heel cord (Achilles tendon). This tight tissue causes an abnormal pull on the ligaments and tendons in the foot and can even cause compensation in other areas. Stretching is key in alleviating plantar fasciitis.
Addressing biomechanics means encouraging the foot to function without compensation while walking and other activities. Plantar fasciitis is the result of poor biomechanics and biomechanics are the main predisposing factor in recurrence of plantar fasciitis. Even when inflammation, tight tissues and pain have resolved, if biomechanics are not addressed your predisposition for getting heel pain again will not have changed and this leads to future bouts of plantar fasciitis.
Stretching and icing instructions are available on our website. If you have recurrent or stubborn heel pain (lasting more than 1 week), make an appointment with one of our doctors today to be assessed for any other possible causes of your heel pain.