What is Plantar Fasciitis and How is it Treated?
If you have stabbing pain in the bottom of your foot every morning, you might have plantar fasciitis. This condition affects your plantar fascia and causes pain near your heel that’s usually worse in the morning. Your pain could also occur after spending time standing or when standing up after sitting. You might not feel any pain in your foot while exercising, but you’ll feel it afterward.
What is the Plantar Fascia?
The plantar fascia is a ligament in your foot that connects the front of the foot to the heel. This long, thin ligament provides support to your foot’s arch. It is designed to withstand most of the daily stress and strain to which your feet are exposed. However, when the pressure on the plantar fascia becomes too great, it could tear or become damaged. Inflammation then occurs in response to the injury, which causes the stiffness and heel pain you feel in your foot.
Risk Factors for Plantar Fasciitis
Plantar fasciitis is a common condition, especially for runners. But you don’t have to be a runner to develop this condition, other factors include:
- A previous foot injury
- Being between the ages of 40 to 60
- Working in an occupation where you spend most of your time on your feet
- Participating in activities, such as ballet, aerobic dance or those that involve jumping
- Wearing shoes that don’t have adequate support or cushioning
- Having flat feet, a high arch, tight calf muscles or an abnormal walking pattern
- Being overweight as extra pounds put more stress on your plantar fascia
How is Plantar Fasciitis Treated?
If you suspect that you have plantar fasciitis, you should see an orthopedist or a sports medicine specialist. The earlier you are treated for this condition, the less likely it will turn into chronic heel pain that will interfere with your normal activities.
The doctor will begin with nonsurgical treatments and may recommend rest, avoiding physical activities that will aggravate the plantar fascia, or orthotics. A sports doctor will evaluate your foot mechanics and your training routine to look for the causes of your foot pain. If nonsurgical treatments fail to bring relief, you may be referred to an orthopedic surgeon who specializes in foot conditions for surgery.
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