Plantar fasciitis presents itself in the form of pain in the heal, the thick tissue that connects your heel to your toes is called plantar fascia. Plantar Fasciitis is commonly caused by strain injury causing micro-tears to the ligament as it attaches to the heel bone or other areas of tightness on the sole of the foot. Plantar fasciitis often presents itself with stabbing pain in the first steps after you wake up or have been immobile for an extended amount of time, It can also manifest after prolonged amounts of standing.
- Roughly about 10% of the population will suffer from Plantar Fasciitis
- Age: range effected are those between 40-60 years of age
- Weight: obesity plays a factor in 70% of plantar fasciitis cases
- Heel spurs are often found in roughly 50% of plantar fasciitis cases
Physical therapy: This will help to stretch the plantar fascia and Achilles tendon and to strengthen lower leg muscles. Often athletic taping is also demonstrated by a therapist to help support the bottom of your foot.
Splint: A splint, often worn at night that stretches your calf and the arch of your foot while you sleep. This helps to keep your plantar fascia and Achilles tendon in an extended potion to stretch them while you rest.
Arch supports: arch supports often referred to as orthotics are often used to help evenly distribute the weight more evenly.
Surgery: Surgery is generally only an option after several other failed treatments.
Weight: Maintaining a healthy weight will alleviate un-needed strain on your plantar fascia
Shoes: Wear shoes with lots of support and cushioning, and when your running shoes start to wear out, replace them.
Stretch: Stretching helps the flexibility and range of motion within your plantar fascia and Achilles tension cutting down on the potential for strain or injury.