If you are experiencing these types of symptoms, you may be suffering with Plantar Fasciitis.
What is Plantar Fasciitis?
Plantar fasciitis is the most common cause of pain in the heel and bottom of the foot. It is estimated to affect 1 in 10 people at some point in their lifetime, and most commonly affects people between 40-60 years of age.
Running along the bottom of your foot is a thick band of tissue, a ligament that connects your heel bone to your toes. This is called the plantar fascia. The plantar fascia supports the arch of your foot.
Plantar fasciitis is an inflammation of the plantar fascia. This inflammation is thought to be caused by tiny, microscopic tears that occur in the fibrous tissue by straining that ligament. It is more common in people who are overweight, and those who wear shoes with inadequate support. If you have plantar fasciitis, you may notice that the sole of your foot hurts more as the day goes on, hurting the most when you climb stairs or stand for an extended period.
Even More Risk Factors
Repeated strain on the plantar fascia ligament can cause pain and swelling. This is more likely to happen if:
· Your feet roll inward too much when you walk (excessive pronation)
· You have high arches or flat feet
· You are overweight
· You wear shoes that don’t fit well, or are worn out
· You have tight Achilles tendons or calf muscles
Treatment for Plantar Fasciitis
The cost of treating plantar fasciitis in the United States has been estimated at about $284 million each year. And, since plantar fasciitis is caused by stress placed on the foot by the mechanics of walking, no single treatment works best for everyone. Fortunately, about 90% of plantar fasciitis cases will improve within six months with conservative, non-invasive treatment. Some of the more common treatments include:
· Applying heat
· Applying ice
· Calf-strengthening exercises
· Techniques to stretch calf muscles, Achilles tendons, and plantar fascia
· Weight reduction in the overweight or obese
· Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS)
· Custom-fit orthotics/shoe inserts
It is important that you receive a specific diagnosis and subsequent treatment for plantar fasciitis from your doctor, as ignoring this condition may result in chronic heel pain that hinders your regular activities. Implementing your own, unscientific methods of minimizing the pain, like altering the way you walk, might lead to foot, knee, hip or back problems.
If you suspect you may have plantar fasciitis, request an appointment online to visit Tucson Orthopaedic Institute. Come visit the ortho specialists to diagnose your foot pain, at one of our several area locations. You deserve to continue your life with full mobility, and pain free feet will help keep you going!