Cure for Plantar Fasciitis: All You Need to Know

Plantar Fasciitis Is Common In Middle-Aged People

Cure for Plantar Fasciitis: All You Need to KnowCure for Plantar Fasciitis: All You Need to KnowPlantar fasciitis is caused by straining the ligament that supports your arch. Plantar fasciitis is diagnosed based on the history of the condition as well as the physical examination. Plantar fasciitis is most commonly caused by repetitive strain injury to the ligament of the sole of the foot.

Plantar fasciitis is most common between the ages of 40 and 60. Plantar fasciitis is treated by measures that decrease the associated inflammation and avoid reinjury. Plantar fasciitis is not the same thing as heel spurs and flat feet, but they are related and often confused.Plantar fasciitis is an inflammation of the fibrous tissue (plantar fascia) along the bottom of your foot that connects your heel bone to your toes.

Save Yourself from Plantar Fasciitis!

The plantar fasciitis basics

Plantar fasciitis is a common and often persistent kind of repetitive strain injury afflicting runners, walkers and hikers, and nearly anyone who stands for a living — cashiers, for instance — especially on hard surfaces. Working on concrete and running on pavement are probably risk factors.

  • It causes mainly foot arch pain and/or heel pain.
  • Morning foot pain is a signature symptom.
  • Plantar fasciitis is not the same thing as heel spurs and flat feet, but they are related and often confused.

Most people recover from plantar fasciitis with a little rest, arch support (regular shoe insertsor just comfy shoes), and stretching, but not everyone. Severe cases can stop you in your tracks, undermine your fitness and general health, and drag on for years. This tutorial is mostly for you: the patient with nasty chronic plantar fasciitis that just won’t go away. (And for the professionals trying to help.) I can’t promise a cure for your foot pain — no one ethical can. But I can guarantee a deep understanding of the subject and your options. Check more here.

Plantar fasciitis is caused by tissue fatigue in the arch of the foot due to excessive strain, plus probably vulnerability due to biological factors.

Plantar fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis (PLAN-tur fas-e-I-tis) is one of the most common causes of heel pain. It involves inflammation of a thick band of tissue that runs across the bottom of your foot and connects your heel bone to your toes (plantar fascia)

Symptoms

Plantar fasciitis typically causes a stabbing pain in the bottom of your foot near the heel. The pain is usually the worst with the first few steps after awakening, although it can also be triggered by long periods of standing or rising from sitting. The pain is usually worse after exercise, not during it.

Causes

Under normal circumstances, your plantar fascia acts like a shock-absorbing bowstring, supporting the arch in your foot. If tension and stress on that bowstring become too great, small tears can arise in the fascia. Repetitive stretching and tearing can cause the fascia to become irritated or inflamed, though in many cases of plantar fasciitis, the cause isn’t clear.

Risk factors

Though plantar fasciitis can arise without an obvious cause, factors that can increase your risk of developing plantar fasciitis include:

  • Age. Plantar fasciitis is most common between the ages of 40 and 60. Read more here.

The major complaint of those with plantar fasciitis is pain and stiffness in the bottom of the heel, although some experience pain at the bottom mid-foot area.

Plantar Fasciitis – Treatment Overview

The goals of treatment for plantar fasciitis are to:

  • Relieve inflammation and pain in the heel.
  • Allow small tears in the plantar fascia ligament to heal.
  • Improve strength and flexibility and correct foot problems such as excessive pronation camera.gif so that you don’t stress the plantar fascia ligament.
  • Allow you to go back to your normal activities.

Most people recover completely within a year. Out of 100 people with plantar fasciitis, about 95 are able to relieve their heel pain with nonsurgical treatments.

Treatment that you start when you first notice symptoms is more successful and takes less time than treatment that is delayed.

Initial treatment

There are many methods you can try to relieve the heel pain of plantar fasciitis. Even though their effectiveness has not been proved in scientific studies, these methods, used alone or in combination, work for most people.2

  • Rest your feet. Limit or, if possible, stop daily activities that are causing your heel pain. Try to avoid running or walking on hard surfaces, such as concrete.
  • To reduce inflammation and relieve pain, put ice on your heel. You can also try a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) such as ibuprofen (Advil or Motrin, for example) or naproxen (Aleve, for example). NSAIDs come in pills and in a cream that you rub over the sore area. See full article here.

Plantar Fasciitis Is Ones You Can Make Yourself

The biggest risk factors for developing plantar fasciitis are mechanical issues of the legs and feet. You may not be able to keep up your level of activity, and you may develop symptoms of foot, knee, hip and back problems because plantar fasciitis can change the way you walk. Patients with plantar fasciitis are commonly prescribed physical therapy.

Most cases of plantar fasciitis are diagnosed by a health care provider who listens carefully to your description of symptoms. The same conservative modalities that are used to treat plantar fasciitis are effective in treating this condition. Plantar fasciitis can only be prevented by treating any underlying associated inflammatory disease and wearing optimal footwear, orthotic shoe inserts, and stretching, reach us here: (619) 831-8777.

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Author: Allison Yardley

Allison has 6 years in practice as a Chiropractor's Assistant and is a licensed Massage Therapist who writes for numerous blogs online. Feel free to comment or ask questions regarding any of Alley's blog posts.