Did you know that plantar fasciitis is the most common cause of heel pain? That’s because the plantar fascia is the flat band of ligament tissue that connects your heel bone to your toes and if it becomes strained, it becomes swollen and irritated. And that is very painful. Some patients describe the feeling as if someone is hammering nails into their heel. To help ease the pain, Dr. John Viscovich, a podiatrist with Westchester Health, outlines 7 treatments you can do yourself to lessen and maybe even eliminate this condition.
As well as causing toe deformities, calluses, corns, bone spurs and other problems, wearing the wrong shoes puts tendons, joints and entire muscle groups at risk of injury. The main culprit for all this damage? High heels. They drastically alter the wearer’s posture, displace the foot and ankle bones, strain the knee joints and tighten the surrounding tendons. What’s worse, these conditions can lead to osteoarthritis, a very painful and sometimes debilitating joint condition.