Post 08 Plantar Fasciitis Causes, Treatment and Exercise

FootPlantar Fasciitis is an inflammation

of the thick tissue extending from

the heel to the toes

The plantar fascia, the bottom-side of our feet (the sole) is described medically as a thick layer of tissue that extends from the heel bone across to the toes. It is the one part of our entire body that takes an on-going form of abuse—we walk and run on it.

This plantar surface can become inflamed when it is overstretched or over-abused. The result is plantar fasciitis (PF) and inflammation and soreness often results from the following:

  • Unusual or rapid weight gain or the development of a state of obesity in the individual.
  • Problems with the foot arch such as high arches or flat feet
  • Jogging or running for long distances, especially up or down hill or running on uneven surfaces
  • An overly-tight Achilles tendon, which connects the heel to the muscles in the calf of the leg
  • Soft soled shoes or shoes with poor arch support.

Obviously then, plantar fasciitis can be prevented by being mindful of these known causes.

This foot pain is common in men and women and people in the age range of 40 to 70 are easily affected; so much so that plantar fasciitis is one of the most common ailments related to the feet.

Plantar Fasciitis is often mistakenly attributed to the presence of a heel spur, but this is generally not the case. This is because x-rays of people with heel spurs may or may not exhibit the pain and discomfort of inflammation of the sole tissue.

PF Symptoms

The most often complaint is stiffness as well as pain in the bottom of the heel, thus many preliminary diagnoses suspect the heel spur. This heel pain by seem dull, but will often include spurts of sharp pain. The plantar surface may signal a problem with an ache or burning sensation.

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) tells us that the worse pain is experienced in the morning when you take your first steps, after standing or sitting for a while, when climbing stairs and after intense physical activity. The physical exam given by your doctor may reveal tenderness on the bottom of your foot, flat feet or high arches, mild foot swelling or redness and/or stiffness or tightness of the arch in the bottom of your foot. X-rays should be taken to rule out other problems.

Care and Treatment

In many cases, certain over-the-counter medications will provide relief:

  • Acetaminophen (Tylenol, ibuprofen {Advil. Motrin), naproxen (Aleve)
  • Foot and heel stretching exercises
  • Wearing a night splint to stretch the tissues while you sleep
  • Wearing comfortable shoes that afford good arch support and cushioning

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