What is Planter fasciitis?
Planter fascia is the band of tissues located at the bottom of your feet. It connects the heal bone to the toes. Planter fasciitis is a condition that causes heal pain.
The throbbing pain that you feel with every step you take, every little foot movement or every time you stand up is planter fasciitis. The pain is not felt constantly and may come and go with the nature of activity you perform.
People who are avid runners, overweight, or who wear the wrong type of shoes are prone to this condition.
What are the symptoms?
The major sign of this condition is stabbing or throbbing pain emerging in the bottom of a foot (near heel region). This condition usually affects one foot, but in some cases, both feet can have planter fasciitis.
The pain is at its peak during the first steps in the morning, but standing for long hours and standing from a stationary position can also trigger the pain. People with planter fasciitis will feel the worse kind of pain after exercising.
Causes of planter fasciitis
Multiple underlying problems in muscle tissues and other medical condition can cause planter fasciitis.
A type of hook bone, known as heel spur, develops on the calcaneus or heel bone, increasing the chances of planter fasciitis.
A study showed 1 out of 20 people with heel spur development experience heel pain.
Excessive body weight that exerts huge amount of pressure on joints, fasciitis ligaments, and feet can lead to heel pain. This is why pregnant women complain of heel pain in the later stages of their pregnancy.
Long distance running or a highly-active job that requires you to stand all day can also contribute to damage of foot ligaments. This condition is more prevalent among women than men. People, who have an active lifestyle and have reached 40-70 years of age, may develop this condition.
The structure of the foot also contributes to planter fasciitis; this means people with flat feet and arched foot are likely to develop this condition. The structure of their feet prevents the body weight to be distributed properly, exerting more pressure in one region (like the heel).
With consultation of a doctor, get prescribed medicine to manage the pain effectively. Approach a physical therapist, to restore your foot movement with a comprehensive exercise plan. Apart from this, get brace support to gain full foot mobility. If your condition worsens overtime a doctor may recommend injections or surgery.
Custom orthotics can also help ease your pain, so look for treatment plans that help manage this condition in the long run.
Avail services of Divergent Health Care’s physiotherapy clinic Calgary. They have designed a chronic pain management system to address and treat pain in comprehensive manner. Call 40309098111 to make an appointment.