Plantar Fasciitis

What is plantar fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis affects the connective tissue on the bottom of the foot, known as the plantar fascia. The condition is caused by excessive strain on the plantar fascia, which is a thick band of tissue that connects the heel bone to the toes and supports the natural arch of the foot.

The plantar fascia stretches and becomes taut whenever the foot bears weight. Plantar fasciitis is most commonly seen in people between the ages of 40 and 60, although it can affect people of any age, including children.

How do I know I have plantar fasciitis?

The most common symptom of plantar fasciitis is heel pain, which is usually worse in the morning when the foot is first placed on the ground after getting out of bed.

The pain usually decreases as the person moves around, but it can become more severe with activity. Other symptoms may include swelling and tenderness in the heel area, a burning sensation in the heel, and difficulty walking. If plantar fasciitis is left untreated, it can lead to chronic heel pain and disability.

In some cases, plantar fasciitis can cause the development of bone spurs, which are small bony growths that form on the heel bone, causing additional pain when they press on the nerves and tendons in the foot.


What are the causes of plantar fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis can be caused by a variety of factors, including physical activity, overuse, tight calf muscles, running on hard surfaces, wearing shoes with poor arch support, or having a high arch or flat feet. It is particularly common in people who spend a lot of their time on their feet, like athletes, construction workers, and nurses. People who are overweight are also more likely to develop this condition. Age can contribute to plantar fasciitis, as the tissues in the feet become less elastic as we age which can lead to increased strain and inflammation.

Certain genetic conditions can affect the structure and function of the feet, making them more prone to developing plantar fasciitis. Prevention of plantar fasciitis is key. Stretching the calf muscles and Achilles tendon before any physical activity can help reduce the risk of developing plantar fasciitis. Wearing shoes that provide adequate arch support and cushioning can also help protect the feet from excessive strain.

How is plantar fasciitis treated?

To treat plantar fasciitis, it is important to rest the affected foot and avoid activities that put too much strain on the foot. Rest is a crucial part of the treatment process, as it is important to give the foot a chance to heal and allow the foot to recuperate. Applying ice to the area can help reduce swelling and pain, and taking over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medications can also help relieve symptoms.

Orthotics or heel cups may also be recommended. Physical therapy can be beneficial for plantar fasciitis to help strengthen the muscles and ligaments of the foot, as well as improve flexibility. Surgery is rarely needed, but may be recommended in severe cases to release the plantar fascia from the heel bone or remove the inflamed portion.

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