However, not all heel pain is plantar fasciitis. Many other conditions can mimic plantar fasciitis, including:
*Calcaneal Stress Fracture (stress fracture of the heel bone)
*Partial or complete tear of the Plantar Fascia
*Radiculopathy (pinched nerve in the spine) causing burning pain in the heel
*Foot Fractures / Broken Bones
*Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome
*Nerve Entrapment of the Medial Calcaneal Nerve
*Soft Tissue Mass (Benign or Malignant)
*Injury to the Fat Pad
*Flexor Tendonitis or Tear
*Effects of long-term Compensation (limping) caused by another underlying foot, ankle, knee, hip or lower back issue.
The shoe recommendations listed below are a good starting point for dealing with heel pain. Making basic shoe changes should significantly help with the pain caused by plantar fasciitis. However, if the heel pain is not quickly resolving, I highly recommend that you follow up with your local podiatrist for an office consult and x-rays. There are many excellent conservative, non-surgical treatments for plantar fasciitis, including physical therapy, orthotics, stretching, icing, elevation, topical pain relievers, NSAIDS and rest.
Shoes that help with Plantar Fasciitis:
The Rx Crocs puts a firm, stable, shock-absorbing surface between your heel and the floor. If you do nothing else but stop walking barefoot and wear the Rx Crocs as a bedroom slipper -- you should see at least a 30% improvement in foot, knee, hip and lower back pain within three weeks. You will also save money in medical bills because the Rx Crocs will help prevent everything from stepping on foreign bodies, developing warts, and preventing broken toes, tendonitis and heel pain (to name a few). An added benefit is that if you wear Rx Crocs on a regular basis for a bedroom slipper, as you get older, you should have prettier feet than if you were walking barefoot. The Rx Crocs will slow the progression of calluses, bunions and hammertoes, which will give you prettier feet, less pain and will pay off big time as you get older. Remember, you are either beating up your feet or you are beating up your shoes. If you think about what your shoes look like after a couple of years of wear -- that is what is happening to your joints if you are not protecting them! It is your feet versus miles and many years of concrete surfaces. If you are not protecting your feet -- the concrete will win.
If you are ordering online, I have a 20% coupon that will link you to the Crocs website that can be found on the right hand column of this blog. Also, if you do order online, you need to order one-half or one whole size up. If you are a size eight, then order a nine. If you are a size eight-and-a-half, then order a nine. When you try on the Rx Crocs, if your toes hit the front of the Crocs, then they are too small. If the Rx Crocs feel too large, then that is the right size. Remember, the Rx Crocs are to be used as a bedroom slipper so they are for puttering around the house until you are ready for your day and can put on a better, more supportive shoe. Do not try to exercise or do yardwork in your Rx Crocs as those activites require better shoes such as the New Balance 928 or other options listed below.