Both of these problems are poorly understood and for this reason, treatments often lack effectiveness. DMR Therapy® comes from a different perspective, based on what is fast and effective.
Heel pain often occurs in runners and other athletes, but also in many non-athletes as a result of poor foot mechanics or alignment, injuries or improper footwear. Plantar fasciitis is the most frequent diagnosis of heel pain, followed by heel spurs.
The plantar fascia is the thick connective tissue on the bottom of the foot. It connects the calcaneus (heel bone) to the toes and creates the arch of the foot. When this fascia becomes tense, it begins pulling at the calcaneal attachment causing inflammation. This is the condition called plantar fasciitis.
Symptoms can include redness, inflammation in the heel and fascia, and an aching, burning pain, which is usually worse in the morning and may diminish as the fascia is stretched during the day.
Conventional treatment might include rest, ice, NSAIDs, orthotics and stretching exercises. The next step might be night splints or a walking boot or cast and corticosteroid shots. If none of these procedures eliminates the pain, the next step might be to cut the fascia.
Heel spurs are normally a secondary result of plantar fasciitis. The formation of a spur (a small calcium deposit at the fascial attachment) is a sign that chronic tension has developed on the fascia. New bone grows as the body attempts to stabilize and reinforce this area in response to the stresses and strains placed on the tight fascia.
Symptoms include pain that may be felt as sharp and stabbing when using the foot after a long period of rest, later in the day becoming a dull ache. The pain may worsen with athletic activity.
Conventional treatment for heel spurs typically includes rest, stretching exercises, icing and anti-inflammatory medications. If none of these lessen the symptoms, surgery to eliminate the spur might be indicated.
DMR THERAPY® POINT OF VIEW
FIRST: a note of caution on the approaches outlined above. There can be dangerous side effects associated with some of conventional treatments. NSAIDs, for example, have many troublesome side effects, including gastrointestinal problems. Steroid injections, can weaken or damage the fascia, and at best are only somewhat effective. Surgery is always at least temporarily incapacitating and has some risk from infection, scarring, nerve pain, permanent numbness and instability.
Heel pain is a common—and commonly misdiagnosed—condition. Mostly it is a soft tissue problem that often heals on its own. Bony heel spurs (if actually present) usually have no symptoms and don’t cause pain, while much pain thought to indicate plantar fasciitis is actually caused by trigger points in the muscle. Actual plantar fasciitis is, of course, caused by tight fascia. DMR Therapy® specializes in eliminating both of these problems rapidly and effectively without drugs, surgery, or incapacitating side effects.
It is important to keep in mind that the soft tissues of the heel and surrounding muscles never need to be cut to relieve heel pain. Stretching them and eliminating their trigger points are normally all that is needed to eliminate the problem.