The symptoms of plantar fasciitis are stabbing pains in the bottom of the foot close to the heal. This pain is often at its worst in the morning when taking a few steps after getting out of bed. In addition to this pain can be triggered after long periods of standing and from getting up after sitting for a long period of time. For exercise the pain may go away, but returns after exercising.
The cause of plantar fasciitis is not always clear. In normal circumstances the plantar fascia is a shock-absorbing bowstring which helps to support the arch of the foot. If there is too much tension and stress on this bowstring small tears can arise in the fascia.
Plantar fasciitis pain is most commonly found in:
- Individuals ranging in ages 40 to 60.
- Individuals who participate in certain types of exercise, such as running, ballet, and dancing.
- Individuals who are flat-footed, have a high arch, or have an abnormal walking pattern.
- Individuals who are over-weight. Being over-weight puts additional stress on the plantar fascia.
- Individuals who stand for long periods, such as teachers, factory workers.
Plantar Fasciitis Treatment
There are a number of ways to treat plantar fasciitis, such as home remedies, therapies, surgery, and other procedures.
- Apply Ice to reduce pain and inflammation.
- Stretch your arches.
- Change the sport you participate in to a low impact sport such as swimming cycling.
- Don't wear worn out athletic shoes.
- Wear a supportive shoe.
- Maintain a healthy weight.
- Physical Therapy can help you know how to stretch the lower leg and foot muscles.
- Orthotics can be used to help distribute pressure to the foot more evenly.
- Night splints are worn while you sleep to stretch the calf and the arch.
Surgical and Other Procedures:
- Shockwave Therapy is a procedure that sends sound waves directly to the heel to stimulate heeling.
- Injections involves injecting a steroid into the heel area.
- Tenex procedure involves removing scar tissue for the plantar fasciitis without surgery.
- Surgery is a last-ditch effort when all else feels to relieve severe pain. Often this last-ditch effort involves detaching the plantar fascia from the heel bone.
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