The COVID-19 pandemic has caused changes in social and community activities, workers have also been instructed to work from home (WFH) to curb the spread of COVID-19. Hence, we rarely wear shoes since we are at home barefoot. Although walking barefoot indoors may have short-term benefits, the lack of support to the arch of the foot can cause health problems, particularly heel pain, according to Dr. Mark Weissman and Dr. Tamer Younan, a Podiatric Specialist at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.
The most common cause is Plantar Fasciitis, which is a condition in which inflammation occurs in the fibrous tissue under the soles of the feet. Being overweight, an athletic lifestyle and jobs that require standing for hours are at risk for getting this problem. It is also likely to occur due to women often wearing high heels as well as weight gain during pregnancy. Plantar Fasciitis, if left untreated, can cause chronic severe heel discomfort that interferes with daily activities and can linger for years. If you don't treat your Plantar Fasciitis, it could lead to permanent disability. Damage to the plantar fascia makes walking and weight bearing more difficult. As a result, you may automatically alter your posture and walking style to reduce pain. This could have an impact on the function and motions of your feet, knees, hips, and even back. Hence, it may cause heel spurs, ligament tears, ankle pain, knee pain, osteoarthritis, back pain, and pelvic instability.
To provide instant relief, painkillers such as Ponstan, Voltaren, Celebrex, anti-inflammatory injections (steroids), and topical anaesthetics can be used on the heel. However, supplements containing Tongkat Ali can work wonders as an alternative to painkillers as it helps to boost muscle strength. This can indirectly assist patients with heel pain in increasing and improving the quality of strengthening and stretching exercises. The consumption of Tongkat Ali extract is able to enhance muscle mass and strength gains, it also has anti-inflammatory properties to lessen pain (analgesic action), which may help treat heel discomfort.
Heel is part of your feet and your feet support your entire body. Hence, it is important to protect your heel to prevent any long-term injury and to relieve your spine from pressure. This can be done by wearing shoes with excellent arch support and a low heel, especially if you'll be on your feet for long periods of time. Moreover, plantar fasciitis can be relieved with night splints, which stretch your arches and calves overnight. People who have suffered plantar fasciitis for at least six months are the greatest candidates for these.