Why the Plantar Fascia Becomes Painful and Inflamed
Millions of people seek relief from plantar fasciitis every year. Plantar fasciitis is a condition that affects the plantar fascia, which is a fibrous band of tissue that attaches to the heel bone and runs along the bottom of the foot, fanning out and attaching to the long metatarsal bones in the forefoot. While walking or running the plantar fascia contracts and stretches. This repetitive pressure on the plantar fascia can cause tiny micro-tears and inflammation to develop at the site where the tissue attaches to the heel bone. Pain associated with plantar fasciitis is usually worse in the morning, when the plantar fascia is stretched suddenly after it has been in a relaxed and shortened state during sleeping hours. Podiatrists treat patients with plantar fasciitis very frequently and have developed many successful treatment protocols to reduce pain and inflammation caused by this common disorder. If you are suffering from heel pain, contact a podiatrist near you to have your condition properly diagnosed and treated.
Plantar fasciitis is a common foot condition that is often caused by a strain injury. If you are experiencing heel pain or symptoms of plantar fasciitis, contact one of our podiatrists from Foot & Ankle Specialists of Nevada. Our Doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.
What Is Plantar Fasciitis?
Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common causes of heel pain. The plantar fascia is a ligament that connects your heel to the front of your foot. When this ligament becomes inflamed, plantar fasciitis is the result. If you have plantar fasciitis you will have a stabbing pain that usually occurs with your first steps in the morning. As the day progresses and you walk around more, this pain will start to disappear, but it will return after long periods of standing or sitting.
What Causes Plantar Fasciitis?
- Excessive running
- Having high arches in your feet
- Other foot issues such as flat feet
- Pregnancy (due to the sudden weight gain)
- Being on your feet very often
There are some risk factors that may make you more likely to develop plantar fasciitis compared to others. The condition most commonly affects adults between the ages of 40 and 60. It also tends to affect people who are obese because the extra pounds result in extra stress being placed on the plantar fascia.
- Take good care of your feet – Wear shoes that have good arch support and heel cushioning.
- Maintain a healthy weight
- If you are a runner, alternate running with other sports that won’t cause heel pain
There are a variety of treatment options available for plantar fasciitis along with the pain that accompanies it. Additionally, physical therapy is a very important component in the treatment process. It is important that you meet with your podiatrist to determine which treatment option is best for you.