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Plantar Fasciitis is a condition that causes pain in the heel of the foot. It is caused by an inflammation of the plantar fascia, the ligament which connects the heel bone to the toes and supports the arch of the foot. Pain is generally most-severe when first getting out of bed. Common causes of this condition include:
&bull; Extreme arches (high arches or flat-footedness)
&bull; Strain caused by walking, standing, or running for long periods
&bull; Improper shoe fit
There are several ways to deal with the pain and inflammation associated with this condition. Since no solution will be effective for every individual, it may take time to determine which remedy or combination of remedies will be suitable for you.
Reducing the strain on your feet can help lessen the symptoms. Icing the affected area may help speed the process. Try rolling your foot on a soda can filled with frozen water.
Shoes and Orthotics:
Fitted inserts and appropriately-sized shoes may serve to lessen or eliminate the conditions associated with planter fasciitis. This method of treatment may be more expensive and take longer to be effective but, most pharmacy's now offer fitted insoles at a reasonable price and these may provide an immediate relief for those who can't afford to rest.
Anti-inflammatories and Pain Relief:
Anti-inflammatories or topical creams may relieve the swelling of the plantar fascia and provide pain relief. In these cases, a prescription grade topical pain-relief cream may provide a number of advantages over NSAIDS and other types of pain relief. These may include:
&bull; Fast-acting relief from symptoms
&bull; No long-term risks such as those associated with pills
&bull; Little chance of adverse drug interaction
&bull; Ability to apply as needed without the risk of overdose
&bull; No risk of chemical dependency
Additionally, most insurance providers cover the cost of topical pain relief creams as a non-addictive pain relief alternative.
Ultimately, it is up to the sufferer and their doctor to decide which type of treatment is suitable for them. While there are a number of remedies available, each has advantages and drawbacks associated with their use. The use of a topical pain-relief cream as a treatment for planter fasciitis may be the best starting point for many users as it is generally available for free through most insurance providers. It also provides the benefits of carrying no long-term risks and can be applied as needed. It may serve to provide relief more quickly than other forms of pain medication, and can be used without the risk of causing dependency.
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Article Added on Monday, July 28, 2014
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