What is Plantar Fasciitis? Plantar Fasciitis is the leading cause of foot and heel pain around the world. Plantar Fasciitis is classically known for causing excruciating pain while taking your firsts few steps out of bed in the morning. This pain is often felt as a sharp, stabbing feeling or a dull throbbing in the heel or lower towards the center of the foot. Hundreds of thousands of people suffer from Plantar Fasciitis in the US alone. The leading demographic suffering from Plantar Fasciitis is women ages 40-60 years old.
What causes Plantar Fasciitis?
In order to explain what causes Plantar Fasciitis let’s first get a better understanding of the muscle responsible for causing this pain: the Plantar fascia.
Plantar Fascia is the tissue band that covers the bones on the bottom of the foot. This band of connective tissue is extremely thick and runs the length of your foot from the heel to right between your toes. This muscle band is responsible for your arch support and therefore is a highly used muscle group.
When the Plantar Fascia becomes damaged by tearing, degeneration or inflammation, the resulting pain you feel is Plantar Fasciitis.
How does the Plantar Fascia become damaged?
There are multiple ways that the Plantar Fascia can become damaged, the most common of which is poor quality shoes without proper arch support. Improper foot position and overuse use of your feet while wearing poor quality shoes can cause microscopic tears in the Plantar Fascia. Over time as these tears are left untreated, they worsen to the point where you begin to experience pain. Other contributing factors are:
- Flat Feet
- Sudden boost in physical activity such as walking or jogging
- A taunt Achilles Tendon
What can be done to alleviate Plantar Fasciitis?
The good news is that Plantar Fasciitis is treatable and there are a number of methods available to help alleviate your discomfort. The most commonly used methods of relief are:
- Applying an ice pack to the painful area
- Stretching before and after physical activity
- Heel lifts.
- Taping of the foot
- Special Shoes
- Losing weight
I hope this article helped answer the question “What is Plantar Fasciitis?” Plantar Fasciitis can be extremely uncomfortable but its IS treatable. If you are experiencing any foot pain or discomfort we highly recommend you see a doctor today before the onset of Plantar Fasciitis. If your doctor suspect that you may have Plantar Fasciitis he will prescribe you the best treatment for your specific condition.