What are Plantar Fasciitis and Heel Spurs?   

Plantar Fasciitis is a common painful condition caused by overuse of the plantar fascia or arch tendon of the foot. Its estimated that 15% of foot complaints are due to plantar fasciitis, which is also often called a heel spur, although they are not exactly the same. A heel spur is a bony growth that occurs at the attachment of the plantar fascia to the heel bone (calcaneus). In patients with a plantar fasciitis, a heel spur can be present 70%  of the time.   Plantar fasciitis or heel spurs are common in activities which involve running, dancing or jumping. As well, change in exercise, footwear or weight gain can also be causes. Finally, as we age, the fat pad at the bottom of the foot thins out, leading to less protection at the bottom of the foot.

How are Plantar Fasciitis and Heel Spurs Treated? Non-Pharmacologic Treatment: - Calf stretches, rest, custom orthotics, insoles, and heel cushions

Pharmacologic Therapies: - corticosteroid injections and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (such as Ibuprofen etc.)

Natural Topical Treatment: - Zax's Original Heelspur Cream - made with a blend of natural anti-inflammatory ingredients that work complementary with the non-pharmacological treatments listed above. Click HERE for a $4.00 Coupon to save on Zax's Original Heelspur Cream at leading retailers.

Surgical Procedures: - Its its estimated that 5% of Heel spur sufferers will require surgery. Always seek medical advise on your condition and treatments.

Have no fear, plantar fasciitis and heel spurs are very treatable! Be sure to get a treatment plan and stick with it!

Alyssa Rolnick is the Co-Founder of Zax’s Original Creams, Registered Dietitian and Mother of 3 active kids.