The Plantar Fascia is a thick band of tissue running along the foot bottom and connecting the heel bone to the toes. Plantar fasciitis is a condition in which this tissue suffers pain and inflammation and is one of the major causes for heel pain.
The person usually experiences stabbing pain, especially while taking the first steps when you get up. Later on, the pain starts reducing, but might return if you stand for too long or when you get up from a seated position to a standing one.
Facts of Plantar Fasciitis
What causes the condition?
Runners, pregnant or overweight women and those wearing shoes that don’t offer adequate support to the heels run a greater risk of Plantar Fasciitis. The plantar fascia is designed in such a manner as to absorb all the stress and strain that we put on our foot, but, at times, the pressure can tear the tissue and damage it. This results in inflammation and heel pain along with stiffness of the tissue.
There is no specific cause associated with the condition. However, you could be more prone to the condition in case of obesity or pregnancy, as mentioned above. Some people also have very tight calf muscles, which results in difficulty in flexing the foot. A very high arch can also cause heel pain. Sometimes, a new activity or stepping up of an existing activity, a repeated impact on the area due to running or some other sport could also trigger the condition, resulting in heel pain.
Examination of Symptoms
People suffering from heel pain commonly feel heel pain. You might also feel pain after a prolonged period of rest, but this could reduce once you start taking the first few steps. You might also feel pain after exercising or any other foot activity. The doctor makes a thorough examination of the foot. He will specifically look for the high arch and make some imaging tests to rule out any other cause for the this condition. X-rays are taken to show a clear picture of the bones and ruling out other factors causing heel pain, such as a fracture or an arthritis problem. The x ray also reveals heel spurs. Magnetic resonance imaging or MRI tests along with ultrasound tests are used in rare cases, when other treatment measures are not very successful.
Apart from surgical treatment, there are simple ways of curing the problem of Plantar Fasciitis. You must take more rest and reduce foot activities. Don’t do step aerobics where the foot needs to pound on a hard surface. Roll the foot on ice for about fifteen minutes, three times a day. You could also try medication, such as ibuprofen to reducing the heel pain and inflammation.
However, consult your doctor before taking such medications. There are also some simple exercises, such as Calf stretch and plantar fascia stretch that could relieve the heel pain and cure Plantar Fasciitis. Wear shoes that have thick soles and can offer additional cushioning effect while you are standing or walking. A soft silicone pad can cushion against pressure when you step on the ground. You could also try a night splint for stretching the plantar fascia.
The Cure For Plantar Fasciitis
It is important to be careful not be mixed up with pain from the compression of nerves. Source of pain must be defined carefully. What does plantar fasciitis feel like? Plantar fasciitis include pain along the inside edge of the heel near the arch of the foot. Apply weight on the foot and the pain will get worse. This is usually most serious in the morning when the foot is first placed on the floor.
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