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Surgery for Plantar Fasciitis Symptoms: A Viable Treatment for Heel Pain?
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Surgery should always be the last resort for any medical treatment, but when plantar fasciitis symptoms, such as heel pain, causes sufferers to explore all treatments and cures, should surgery be considered an option? What facts should we all know to make an informed decision?

Surgery is an option for treating plantar fasciitis symptoms.

But it’s not a popular option. 95% of plantar fasciitis sufferers are treated effectively through non-surgical means. The majority of medical professionals view surgery as the last option in the treatment of plantar fasciitis. The surgery is performed under general anesthesia, and involves an orthopedic surgeon trimming the plantar fascia ligament to relieve tension and inflammation. During surgery, the doctor may choose to remove any existing bone or heel spurs that contribute to heel pain.

Recovery from plantar fasciitis surgery takes time and attention.

Though patients generally experience a full recovery, plantar fascia surgery often requires that a cast or brace be worn to alleviate excess stress and weight. The majority of patients can expect a return to full use after three months. Recovery may require patients to keep all weight off the heel that received treatment for two or more weeks.

Surgical treatment of plantar fasciitis carries several risks.

Aside from the risks of general anesthesia and potential infection, patients should be aware of the possible side effects of plantar fasciitis surgery. Because medical issues such as arthritis and heel spurs may mirror the symptoms of plantar fasciitis, non-related foot pain may persist after surgery. In addition, many nerves surround the plantar fascia. Potential nerve damage to the foot should always be considered when weighting the risks and benefits of plantar fasciitis surgery. Lastly, because the surgery involves cutting part of the plantar fascia ligament, it is possible that too much release of the ligament may cause a flat foot deformity, the symptoms of which can be as, if not more, painful than plantar fasciitis symptoms.

Simple and Inexpensive Alternatives Exist To Effectively Treat the symptoms of plantar fasciitis.

It is important to remember that plantar fasciitis surgery is viewed as a last resort and is almost always reserved for patients who have exhausted every other available option. If you or a loved-one is considering plantar fasciitis surgery, discover simple, effective and affordable plantar fasciitis treatments for foot pain relief in our free report: 5 Quick Fixes for Immediate Foot Pain Relief.

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Don’t Let Plantar Fasciitis Symptoms Derail Your Vacation Plans
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Some careful planning and preparation will prevent the painful symptoms of plantar fasciitis from turning your dream vacation into a walking nightmare.

Vacations are often filled with far more walking than most of us are used to doing on a daily basis. Sightseeing, amusement parks, hiking and many other exciting adventures fill our vacation days. However, all of this extra walking can quickly cause the persistent heal pain of plantar fasciitis symptoms to flare up and quickly end all of the fun.

Planning can help keep those painful plantar fasciitis symptoms at bay. One of the most important things to do is to wear high quality walking shoes that have a good arch support and a well cushioned sole. This is especially important if you are not a conditioned walker. Feel free to wear your stylish flats and high heels for a night out on the town; just don’t wear them when you’re putting on the sightseeing miles.

Another preventative measure is to plan your walking trips with moderation in mind. If you’re not used to walking five or ten miles in a day, don’t plan to walk that much each day of your vacation. Minimize your walking whenever possible by renting a car, taking public transportation, or maybe even putting off some adventures in lieu of a relaxing rest at the hotel pool.

If persistent heel pain causes an interruption in your vacation plans, the following steps may help alleviate or at lessen the plantar fasciitis symptoms:

  • Rest your feet each night
  • Decrease the amount of activity until the pain subsides
  • Elevate your feet to help reduce the pain and swelling
  • Apply ice to your heel and the painful areas on your feet
  • Take over the counter pain medicine to reduce inflammation and pain

Don’t let painful plantar fasciitis symptoms ruin your vacation dreams. Plan to walk in moderation, wear good walking shoes, and take swift corrective action to eliminate plantar fasciitis symptoms so that you will be able to remember your dream vacation with fond memories of all of things you were able to do.
To discover more simple, effective and affordable plantar fasciitis treatments for foot pain relief by downloading our free report, Plantar Fasciitis Treatment: 5 Quick Fixes for Immediate Foot Pain Relief.

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Heel pain causes: Is Morton’s Toe overlooked when doctors diagnose plantar fasciitis?
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Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common orthopedic complaints relating to the foot. The inflammation of the plantar fascia — the fibrous, thick cord-like tissue that originates off the heel bone and fans out to attach to the surfaces of the foot bones — is one of the most common heel pain causes that creates extreme discomfort, especially first thing in the morning.

First round plantar fasciitis treatment includes:

However, when traditional plantar fasciitis treatments fail, patients have to move on to more extreme tactics, like corticosteroid injections or even surgery.

One podiatrist, Dr. Burton Schuler of Panama City, Florida, argues that often plantar fasciitis treatments fail because one major heel pain cause is frequently overlooked: a short first metatarsal bone, also called Morton’s Toe. (Schuler wrote a book on the subject titled, Why You Really Hurt: It All Starts in the Foot, which details how a short first metatarsal bone can cause a range of physical ailments.)

How Morton’s Toe contributes to plantar fasciitis, heel pain

As we walk, our feet push off the ground. The big toe is usually the first one down, and for a fraction of a second it bears the brunt of the entire body’s weight. As the foot rolls forward, some of the pressure is shifted to the remaining toes.

For those with Morton’s toe, the big toe is shorter than the second toe, which ends up touching the ground first and must absorb most of the body’s weight. This second toe’s metatarsal bone isn’t strong enough for that amount of pressure, so the foot overpronates — rolls in the direction of the big toe — to support the excess weight.

This action makes the foot unstable and prevents the big toe from doing its job to push your weight upward. The overpronation of the foot has a domino effect on the body, making other muscles and joints compensate for the instability.

The plantar fascia is just one area of the body that must help out, and the resulting stress and damage can lead to the heel and foot pain normally associated with plantar fasciitis.

Do you need foot pain relief right now? Discover some simple, effective and affordable plantar fasciitis treatments for foot pain relief in our free report: 5 Quick Fixes for Immediate Foot Pain Relief.

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Heel pain: Causes range from plantar fasciitis symptoms to stress fractures
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Did you know that every birthday makes you more likely to have heel pain? Causes are not limited to but do include growing older. As you age, your feet widen and flatten, and the fat padding on the sole of the foot wears down. The skin on the feet also becomes dryer.

But what about the most common orthopedic complaint relating to the foot: Plantar fasciitis? The most common complaint from those suffering plantar fasciitis symptoms is pain in the bottom of the heel, which is usually worse in the morning and may improve throughout the day. By the end of the day the pain may be replaced by a dull ache that does improve with rest.

While age may be a bit of a factor when it comes to plantar fasciitis symptoms, there are much more likely factors that will contribute to your heel pain. Causes include:

  • Foot arch problems (both flat feet and high arches)
  • Obesity or sudden weight gain (Gaining weight puts added stress on the feet and can lead to foot or ankle injuries. The added pressure on the soft tissues and joints of the foot in overweight people increases the likelihood of developing plantar fasciitis symptoms.)
  • Long-distance running, especially running downhill or on uneven surfaces
  • Tight Achilles tendon
  • Shoes with poor arch support or soft soles

Whether you need plantar fasciitis treatment or some other kind of foot pain relief, the first step is getting an accurate diagnosis. Beyond plantar fasciitis symptoms, here are some other heel pain causes:

  • Heel spur – hard bony shelf as wide as the width of the heel bone.
  • Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome (TTS) – numbness in the foot, radiating to
    the big toe and the first 3 toes, pain, burning, electrical sensations,
    and tingling over the base of the foot and the heel.
  • Stress fractures – tiny cracks in the bone (uncommon heel pain cause but can occur in athletes like long distance runners).
  • Posterior heel pain – heel pain caused by abnormal tilting of the heel.

If you need immediate foot pain relief, discover some simple, effective and affordable plantar fasciitis treatments for foot pain relief in our free report: 5 Quick Fixes for Immediate Foot Pain Relief.

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Toning shoes may ease the pain of plantar fasciitis symptoms temporarily — but at what cost?
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Toning shoes — regardless of the brand — have been talked about a lot in the Vibrant Nation community. Some are looking to tone their legs and butt with their Skechers Shape Ups or other similar shoes.

“I see them on lots of Boomers’ feet and I see the ads in some of my health and fitness related magazines,” said “Coach Becky” Williamson, a personal trainer in San Jose who focuses on fitness for boomer women. “These shoes are marketed as a great way to tone your lower body while you walk. Perhaps this is the holy grail of getting shapely legs without doing anything more than walking the dog?”

However, Becky related the results of a recent study from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse where Skechers Shape-Ups, Masai Barefoot Technology, and Reebok’s Easy Tone shoes were tested against traditional athletic shoes (New Balance running shoes). The research team designed the study to evaluate the exercise responses and muscle activation while walking. All three toning shoes tested showed no statistically significant increase in either exercise response or muscle activation during treadmill walking trials. There was no evidence to indicate the the toning shoes offered any enhanced benefits over traditional sneakers.

But what does that have to do with plantar fasciitis symptoms? Nothing — except that some members of Vibrant Nation have stated that despite the fact that the shoes may not work as advertised, they DO help them regain mobility and lessen the effects of plantar fasciitis symptoms. In short, the shape of the shoes’ sole eases the pressure on the heel.

“I have no idea if my Sketchers Shape-ups are toning anything or improving posture,” said member Terri43. “BUT… I have had severe pain across the top of my foot after a long walk for years, even with orthotics. With my Shape-ups I can walk miles and miles and have no foot pain at all.”

Plantar fasciitis is the most common cause of heel pain. Plantar fasciitis symptoms are caused by the tearing, inflammation and degeneration of the plantar fascia, the long ligament in the bottom of the foot. Small micro tears within the plantar fascia, causing inflammation and pain at the inside of the heel where the plantar fascia inserts on the heel bone.

However, one Vibrant Nation member, Spirit seeker, warns that while wearing the shoes may temporarily ease the pain of plantar fasciitis symptoms, it may cause bigger problems in the long run.

As a professional Massage Therapist for 20 years I’ve seen all manner of feet problems – some of which can be helped by a simple change in shoes & some that even surgery couldn’t fully resolve.

If you look at the construction of the foot – muscle, tendons & bones – it is a complex structure (with 33 joints!) which ideally is meant to be able to flex, bend & move easily. All of the parts of the foot should be able to work together – but we do not use them properly now – due to the artificial surfaces we stand & walk on, much less with the footwear we wear. In the early days of mankind we did not have surfaces such as concrete to stand on – instead it was all the natural surfaces of earth – from sand & mud to hard stone. Aboriginal/Tribal people in many cultures went their entire lives walking & running shoeless! …

It is only now in the modern age that scientific study has been done that we can really begin to understand the complex nature of how our feet actually affect our entire body alignment. By using shoes our feet are restricted from their normal range of movement & as such it creates extra work for all the muscles involved – not just in the feet – but up through the legs & into the hips & lower back.

What’s your experience? Have you worn fitness or toning shoes to ease the pain of plantar fasciitis symptoms? Did they cause other problems for you? Share your experience with the community.

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