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Plantar fasciitis/heel spur

Plantar fasciitis/heel spur is a painful inflammatory condition affecting the thick fibrous band of connective tissue “plantar fascia”originating on the bottom surface of the calcaneus (heel bone) and extending along the sole of the foot towards the five toes. The pain is usually felt on the underside of the heel and is often most intense with the first steps of the day or after a period of resting.

It is often seen in conjunction with tight calf muscles, and indeed Achilles Tendonitis may also be seen. A combination of treatments including stretching exercises and orthoses can relieve this painful condition.

To relieve the pain associated with plantar fasciitis, place a can of (for example) baked beans into the freezer; allow to freeze, then use the can underneath the painful area of the foot to roll backwards and forwards in a see-saw motion; this will massage the affected soft tissues and the cold from the can will help to reduce inflammation and pain.