Reflexology is different from traditional massage therapy. According to the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, massage works on the muscles to help relax tension, and therapists use kneading, rubbing and other techniques to loosen the muscles so that they don't pull as tightly on the joints. Reflexology takes it further by working the pressure points in the feet that are associated with the body. Those who believe in reflexology find that it is effective for relieving the symptoms of painful conditions in the feet and heels, such as heel spurs. When persistent pain continues to be felt around the heel area, it is very likely that a particular bundle of tissues under the foot has become inflamed. The fibers which are collectively known as plantar fascia may undergo some kind of stress thus causing the whole area around the heel to experience spates of sharp pain The tissues may get tensed up due to impact with the ground or as a result of over-exertion of one kind or another. In some cases this condition is caused by the excessive lowering of the foot arch and turning inwards when walking and running, which is also referred to as over-pronation. Posterior heel pain may be caused by an irritation of the spinal nerves as they exit the spine at the fifth lumbar to first sacral vertebrae. This is known as referred pain or radiculopathy. The patient with referred pain from the back may or may not feel back pain. Weakness of the calf muscle is often associated with the heel pain, and symptoms may change significantly depending on body posture. Sitting may increase the heel pain, and walking may reduce it. Referred pain is best treated by a physician who may prescribe antiinflammatory medications and physical therapy. Chiropractic Las Vegas offers a number of treatments for people suffering from various kinds of pain such as neck pain, migraine, heel pain or back pain. Chiropractic discipline generally emphasizes diagnosis, prevention and treatment of mechanical disorders of the musculoskeletal system, especially the spine. The Las Vegas chiropractors conduct the treatments with utmost care and the highest level of dedication. The Las Vegas chiropractor uses various techniques while offering treatment. Spinal adjustment technique is one of them. Several tendons and veins course through the tarsal tunnel with the tibial nerve. If these structures are enlarged or swollen the tibial nerve can be compressed. Arch supports and orthotics (custom made arch supports) are a very popular treatment modality among Podiatrists, Chiropractors and Therapists and have proven very successful in controlling abnormal gait, excessive pronation and support of the plantar fascia. In many instances, these devices cannot be worn due to shoegear restrictions. The Heel-Rite is a combination ankle brace and arch support. The patented Heel-Rite provides effective daytime treatment for Plantar Fasciitis. The Heel-Rite is comfortable to wear and low profile in design. The brace contains a support strap that lifts the arch and provide compression to the plantar fascia and stabilization of the longitudinal arch. Who gets it? Usually runners or avid walkers. Some people get Heel bursitis which is similar to achilles tendonitis but is usually not activity related. Heel bursitis is usually caused by a prominent Heel bone or Haglunds deformity. Regardless of tendonitis or bursitis, the underlying problem is a tight calf muscle. Calf stretch, Heel cups/lifts, ice, night splint, physical therapy, activity modification. Sometimes immobilization in a cast or boot may be necessary. Topical creams, such as Voltaren or Ketoprofen, have been found to have some benefit. Trim your nails straight across. Be careful to not cut too far back on the sides as this may lead to an ingrown nail. Jones recommended that on non-ballet days a dancer should try to wear a supportive shoe like a trainer or lace-up brogue to give the feet a well deserved rest. Wear a ballet shoe with a slight heel and higher sides which will offer the feet a little more support. Try not to wear ballet shoes for long periods, particularly when doing lots of walking and make sure dance footwear is alternated regularly with a more supportive shoe. The Achilles tendon is a strong fibrous cord connecting the muscles in the back of your calf to your heel bone. There are several ways it can rupture, including overstretching and trauma. If you have very flat feet and start to see a red inflamed area at the back of your heels, you should wear open back shoes as much possible. You should know that you could have a heel that is likely to form Haglund's Deformity (also called "pump bumps". This is a big knot on the back of the heel where the Achilles tendon attaches. It only happens with repeated rubbing from the heel counter in shoes, so open back shoes can prevent it from getting worse. If you do these exercises regularly, it is likely that you will feel relief from that pain in the heels. If you are experiencing heel spurs that does not go away after a day of elevating and resting the foot, consult with your doctor. Those people having diabetes should notify their health care provider immediately should they begin experiencing heel pain, as this could be a sign of a more serious foot condition. Heel spurs are very small but can cause gigantic problems for a person that develops one. They can make it so painful to stand that walking becomes agonizing. Heel spurs are often connected to another foot problem, but even modern medicine doesn't know what the relationship is between the two. Here is more information on heel spurs.