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Ice and heat
Though applying ice to the sore area of the heel will mitigate pain almost instantaneously, application of ice packs and heat packs in alternating fashion will greatly accelerate the process of healing, which is a long term effect. Doctors advise applying ice and heat in the morning and evening respectively. This works best because of its direct effect on tissue, tendons and muscles.
When we sleep at night, the plantar fascia is in a shortened and relaxed position. The first few steps in the morning are very painful because this tissue suddenly needs stretching. However, if we use night splints, it maintains the tension in the plantar fascia thereby reducing the stress on the tissue when we are walking or running
This is the most effective way to treat heel pains with long-term result. When you use Orthotic insoles, you are directly treating the cause of the symptoms and not just alleviating the pain or reducing the inflammation. It corrects the body biomechanics and body postures by supporting the metatarsal arches and controlling over-pronation. These insoles developed by podiatrists are designed to restore body balance and prevent the plantar fascia from experiencing strain on walking. Beside support, the wearer also gets a cushioning for walking comfort.