What is Plantar Fasciitis?
This foot ailment is the most common cause of heel pain. The thick band of tissue, called the “plantar fascia”, that connects your heel bone to your toes and runs along the bottom of your foot, is inflamed and causes pain to your foot.
Plantar Fasciitis is common among:
- athletes, particularly runners,
- middle-aged people,
- people who are overweight,
- People who wear shoes that don’t fit them It usually starts in the very first steps you take in the morning upon waking up. Usually, a stabbing pain upon standing and walking happens and then it gradually goes away as you go about your day but might come back if you allow yourself to stand in a prolonged amount of time.
What causes Plantar Fasciitis?
The main possible cause of plantar fascia is the repetitive stretching and tearing of the fascia but it can also be caused by other factors.
You might be at greater risk of developing this foot ailment if you are:
– obese or overweight
– women who are pregnant and have gained weight, especially during the late stages of pregnancy
– runners, particularly long distance runners
– your job requires you to be actively on your feet most of the day
– active men or women between the ages of 40-70 (slightly more common in women)
Other possible causes:
– if you have very flat feet or very high arches
– if you have tight Achilles tendons
– if you are fond of wearing shoes that might have soft soles but have poor arch support
Signs and Symptoms
If your regular daily routine forces you to be on your feet for a long time or if you are active in running and other sports involving your feet, you might have symptoms of plantar fasciitis if you experience stabbing pain in the bottom of your foot near the heel.
Treatment and Prevention
There are a number of treatments you can do if you have plantar fasciitis such as:
- Home Remedies
- This typically entails you to stay off your feet and rest as well as applying ice if your feet is swollen. You can also do some stretching recommended for your feet.
- Medical Treatment
- You can buy over the counter drugs that are anti-inflammatory and pain relievers. If the pain is severe, your doctor might recommend other medical procedures.
- Braces and Support
- You can use night splints and special orthotics or arch supports. Check with your doctor for other kinds of support you can use.
Just remember, you need to consult your doctor first because the treatment would depend on the gravity of the pain. What you can do right now is to rest your feet when you get home from work and do some stretches. Keep your feet happy and healthy!