The Plantar Fasciitis or Jogger’s heel is a disorder caused by an inflammation to the tough fibrous tissue (fascia) connecting the heel bone to the base of the toes due to some load-bearing physical activity , or long periods of running or standing. The result of this inflammation is pain to the heel and the bottom of the foot.
- The excessive weight placed on the feet in overweight people is a high risk factor for the occurrence of Plantar Fasciitis.
- Standing or running for long periods of time could lead to Jogger’s heel. A large number of professionals who have the arduous task of standing and/or running for an extended length of time have experienced Jogger’s heel and they say that the pain can be so excruciating that it is likened to a feeling of the heel being pierced by nails.
- Flat feet, bone spurs, high-arched feet, and hard running can be a causative factor for the occurrence of Plantar Fasciitis in professionals.
- The type of foot wear worn can also lead to Jogger’s heel. If the shoe is poorly made or if it old and the heel cushioning is worn out.
- The pain caused by Jogger’s heel can be located in the middle of the foot, or at the toes and heel. The pain is described as a burning, stabbing, throbbing or stinging pain.
- The pains experienced are said to last for long periods, for months and in some cases years. In the morning the pain can be extremely severe when the sufferer gets out of bed and puts some pressure on the feet by placing it on the floor while trying to stand.
- Wearing of special orthotic and orthopedic shoes and splints.
- Diet changes – incorporating more zinc and magnesium in a sufferer’s diet can help to regenerate damaged tissue, stretching and strengthening of the fascia using exercise and massage therapy.
- The Rest Icepack application Compression and Elevation (RICE) treatment. Research has shown that about 25% of people with Plantar Fasciitis have been known to have exhibited tremendous improvement using this method of treatment.
- The heel can be gently hit on the floor a few times a day, in order to bolster the circulation of the calcium, to improve metabolism and prevent the buildup of salt at the heel.
- Salt and honey compresses. This can be done by mixing an equal amount of salt and honey and applying the mixture on the affected part. Next, apply gauze on the site and keep it in place with band aid. The feet is then covered with a nylon bag and left overnight.
- Potato envelops. Wash some potatoes, shred them but leave the peel on. Then place them in gauze and apply on the affected area. Put a nylon bag over your feet and put socks over it. Note that there will be need to change the wrapping daily, and repeat the procedure for 7-8 days.
These natural remedies will ease the intolerable pain caused by Jogger’s heel disorder.