What is Plantar Fasciitis, and why is it painful?

What is Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar Fasciitis is a common complaint, that our Podiatrist in Camden treats.

What is the Plantar Fascia you ask? The Plantar Fascia is the band of tissue under your feet that connects your heel to your toes forming the ‘arch’ of the foot. It is a tough, inelastic collagen multilayered sheet, that assists in propelling your foot off of the ground when walking.

Plantar fasciitis is the inflammation of the ‘arch’. It is the most common cause of heel pain and arch pain, that our podiatrist in Camden treats.

What are symptoms of Plantar Fasciitis?:

  • Sore heel or arches after rest
  • Improving pain as the foot warms up
  • Sore heel or arches after activity
  • Stabbing pain in the heel
  • Bruise like pain in the heel
  • Radiating pain from the heel to the arch

 

How do you hurt your Plantar Fascia?

  • Overuse
  • Flat feet – over pronation causes excessive/constant tension through the fascia and its insertion point
  • High arched feet – inadequate pronation also results in excessive tension through the walking cycle
  • Continued traction at its insertion points
  • Incorrect or unsupportive shoes
  • Medical conditions – Rheumatoid Arthritis, Peripheral Vascular Disease, Lupus
  • Medication
  • High intensity physical activity
  • Obesity – increases compressive plantar forces

 

How to cure Plantar Fasciitis in one week?

You generally cant treat plantar fasciitis quickly. It requires patience. In many cases, your foot pain will resolve on its own. However, if you find your foot pain is no longer improving or in fact worsening – book an appointment with your Podiatrist.

How do you treat your Plantar Fascia?

Treatment is varied, and is determined on the reason for pain, however it can include:

  • Rest
  • Pain control medication
  • The application of heat/ice
  • Stretches or strengthening
  • Orthotics 
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