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Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis is the inflammation of the tissue and ligaments that support the arch of your foot. Those elastic-like tendons that connect the heel bone to the toes (the front of the foot). The inflammation of the plantar fascia (the ligaments at the bottom of your feet) is called plantar fasciitis.

The arch of your feet is the one that supports your body weight when standing. When that foot support is inflamed and irritated, it turns thick and stiff causing moderate or severe pain and movement difficulty. The pain can be felt all along the bottom of the foot, from the heel bone to the toes, but the most common one experienced is heel pain.

Plantar fasciitis is the most common foot problem, more than one and a half million people suffer from plantar fasciitis a year.

Plantar Fasciitis Symptoms

The inflammation of the plantar fascia causes mild or severe pain that can be felt all along the bottom of the foot, from the heel to the toes, and the following common symptoms can be experienced:

  • Stiffness

  • Heel pain

  • Swelling

  • Warm heel skin when touched

  • Burning sensation

  • Movement difficulty

The pain is felt more severe or worse when you set your foot on the floor in the morning when getting off your bed. It usually turns mild after you move and start walking, but will be felt again after long walks or if you stand up for extended periods.

Causes Plantar Fasciitis

Various causes can inflict foot arch inflammation and pain, but common ones are standing up for long periods of time, walking or running long distances on uneven surfaces and the following:

  • Overstretched muscles

  • Intense physical activities

  • Ligament injury

  • Pressure

  • Wear and tear

  • Overweight

  • Flat feet

  • High impact sports

  • Downhill walking on a regular basis

  • High heels

  • Inappropriate shoes. With non-impact absorption, rugged sole, or worn out.

You need to wear specific shoes for every activity to assure a proper heel and arch support and prevent plantar fasciitis and pain.

These conditions show similar symptoms:

  • Heel spur

  • Arthritis

  • Gout

  • Bursitis

A medical examination is needed to address the proper condition.

With aging, the pads on our feet become less thick, and the ligaments and tissue become less elastic making elders prone to plantar fasciitis.

A specialist can easily detect plantar fasciitis just by touching the bottom of your foot, feeling a softness all along the arch, most noticeable at the inside part of the heel.

Plantar Fasciitis Prevention

  • Keep a healthy weight

  • Warm up and stretch before any activity, exercise or sport

  • Apply ice locally under your heel nine minutes before and after any workout.

  • Use proper shock-absorbent shoes

  • Keep a daily feet-and-legs stretching exercise routine.

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