What is Plantar Fasciitis, What Causes Plantar Fasciitis, and What is the Treatment for Plantar Fasciitis?
Plantar fasciitis is an inflammation of the band of tissue (the plantar fascia) that extends from the heel to the toes. In this condition, the fascia is irritated and inflamed resulting in pain. The symptoms of Plantar Fasciitis are: Pain on the bottom of the heel Overall foot pain and/or heat Pain that is usually worse upon arising Pain that increases over a period of months. The pain is often worst in the morning or after sitting for long periods. The pain may decrease after a few minutes of walking, because walking stretches the fascia. For some people the pain subsides but returns after spending long periods of time on their feet.
Who have either overly flat feet or high-arched feet-are more prone to developing plantar fasciitis. Tight calf muscles that limit how far you can flex your ankles and leg length discrepancies can also cause the condition. Wearing non-supportive footwear on hard, flat surfaces puts abnormal strain on the plantar fascia and can also lead to plantar fasciitis. This is particularly evident when a person's job requires long hours on their feet. Obesity also contributes to plantar fasciitis.
Custom foot orthotics help correct the underlying structural abnormalities. Stretching exercises and physical therapy may be used to help provide relief. Avoid going barefoot and putting undue strain and stress on your plantar fascia. Ice packs on your heel may help reduce inflammation. Cut down on extended physical activities to give your heel a rest. Wearing shoes that provide a comfortable environment for the foot. Certain anti-inflammatory drugs. Lose weight. Extra pounds put extra stress on your plantar fascia. Injections may be used to help reduce the inflammation and relieve pain.