Watching medical shows on TV, you get a sense of the vast array of maladies and conditions that can cause pain. But in reality, the majority of things that cause pain in the body can be traced to simple sources. For example, a common cause of neck pain is maintaining poor posture. Back pain frequently develops after lifting something incorrectly. And leg pain is often caused by muscle strains related to exercise or sports.
But you may not know what the most common cause of heel pain is. That would be a condition known as plantar fasciitis.
Plantar fasciitis is simply characterized by a strain in the plantar fascia, which is the name of the ligament that connects your heel bone to your toes. It runs along the bottom of the foot and supports your arch. Like many other ligaments, your plantar fascia can get strained, causing it to swell, weaken, or inflame. In severe cases, the plantar fascia can actually tear slightly in one or more places.
The most obvious symptom of plantar fasciitis is pain in the heel (as well as the bottom of the foot). This pain frequently manifests itself immediately after a person gets out of bed or rises from a sedentary position after a long period of time. Though the pain often subsides, it can return if the individual climbs stairs, exercises, or stands for many hours.
There is no dedicated medical test to diagnose plantar fasciitis, nor is there any instant cure. Instead, initial treatment usually mirrors that of other types of pain: namely, rest, ice, and/or over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medications like naproxen or ibuprofen. Health care professionals may recommend certain stretching exercises or encourage the patient to purchase arch supports or more comfortable footwear. If these treatment approaches do not work after a few months, a doctor may prescribe either a stronger painkiller or a steroid to strengthen the ligament.
How Anti-Fatigue Mats Can Help With Plantar Fasciitis
One way to address the problems associated with plantar fasciitis and to prevent the condition from occurring in the first place is to utilize an anti-fatigue mat. These specially-designed floor mats provide the perfect balance of cushion and support for a person’s feet, which decreases pressure on the plantar fascia and reduces the likelihood of strains to this ligament. Anti-fatigue mats are ideal for employees whose jobs require them to stand for long periods of time – such as retail clerks, assembly line workers, or security personnel.
As a business owner, obtaining one or more anti-fatigue mats can result in substantial benefits to your workers and your business as a whole. Since anti-fatigue mats lessen the odds of the occurrence of heel pain (as well as neck, back, leg, and even shoulder pain), employees will be more comfortable and less fatigued throughout the workday. Over time, this will lead to increased productivity, improved morale, and a drop in absenteeism and/or worker’s compensation costs.
Ultimate Mats has several anti-fatigue mats to choose from in different thicknesses, sizes, and colors. The people at Ultimate Mats can help you select an anti-fatigue mat that suits your needs and your budget. So make an investment in the health of your workforce and your business – while protecting your employees from the scourge of heel pain!
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