Plantar Fasciitis is the most common cause of heel pain in adults. While it usually develops and worsens gradually, it can appear suddenly and be a painful shock.
What is Plantar Fasciitis?
The Plantar Fascia is a fibrous band (ligament) that runs from your heel bone to the webbing at your toes. It acts as an elastic band to support the arch of the foot and help facilitate proper foot motion. Plantar Fasciitis occurs when the fascia or its attachments become inflamed.
What are the symptoms of Plantar Fasciitis?
Plantar fasciitis typically causes a stabbing pain in the bottom of your foot near the heel. Along the arch may ache or burn and the heel may be slightly swollen. The pain is usually the worst with the first few steps after waking up first thing in the morning, although it can also be triggered by long periods of standing or when you get up after sitting down for a while. The pain is usually worse after exercise, not during it.
What causes Plantar Fasciitis?
The main contributing factors that cause plantar fasciitis include carrying extra weight, extensive activity or a recently increased level of activity, feet rolling in and choosing footwear that is not sufficiently supportive.
How is Plantar Fasciitis treated?
Your Podiatrist will tailor your treatment to you, however these a few methods for how to treat Plantar Fasciitis.
- RICE - rest, ice, compression and elevation
- Stretching exercises
- Supportive footwear choices
- Orthotics to remedy biomechanical issues