Sunday, June 10, 2018

Did the Holy Prophet Mohammad have Plantar Fasciitis ?

Some Muslims believe that wherever the Holy Prophet Muhammad roamed, his footprints made a lasting impression. These relics have been recovered from religious sites and are now on display at mosques, museums and other historical sites throughout the region. The Topkapi Palace Museum in Istanbul purports to house the right footprint of the Holy Prophet and founder of the Islamic faith.

No too much is known about his health but it would appear from the footprint, he may have suffered episodes of plantar fasciitis which was very common in the Southern hemisphere.

Today, Plantar fasciitis is a painful condition which affects both young and old. Most sufferers are fit and the symptoms often cause them to stop their activities which only add to their frustration. Plantar fasciitis is sometimes referred to as heels spurs and although they both share the same symptoms; they are two quite separate conditions. Classic symptoms include pain and inflammation caused by strain and tearing of the plantar fascia. There is a point of tenderness on the sole of the foot on the inside of the heel. Pain typically occurs on rising in the morning then subsides during the day. Firm pressure with the thumb will show a deep tender spot, often over the heel. These sites correspond to the attachments of deep ligamentous structures to the heel bone beneath.

Conservative treatments fall into three categories and, depending on the severity of symptoms, may need to include all three. Heel cushioning may help and often this is assisted by the application of heat. Sometimes if the symptoms are severe the administration of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs are prescribed by general practitioner. Corticosteroid injections, although helpful in treating the symptoms of plantar fasciitis, appear to predispose to rupture of the tissues. Control of foot function may be achieved by foot orthoses (arch supports) but if chronic heel pain persists then surgical intervention may be necessary.

No one is quite clear the cause of this foot problem but some authorities believe it is a type of tearing injury which builds up from many tiny rents in the tissue. by the time the pain is at the conscious level the condition is well established. this is one reason why it will not always respond to treatment. Two tips for sufferers are stretch the back of the legs in bed before rising and cod liver oil supplements. The condition tends to return and often the symptoms are more severe. Gentle and regular stretching of the calf muscles during recession seems a sensible precaution.

Reviewed 10/06/2018

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