What is Plantar Fasciitis?
Plantar Fasciitis (pronounced PLAN-tar fashee-EYE-tiss) is an inflammation of the fascia ligament in your foot. The plantar fascia ligament is located at the bottom of your foot. It is attached to the heal and extends to the ball of the foot.
Plantar Fasciitis occurs when the long, flat ligament on the bottom of the foot stretches irregularly. When the ligament stretches irregularly, it develops small tears. The small tears cause the ligament to become inflamed. People with plantar fasciitis describe the pain as being dull, aching, or sharp. The pain can be reproduced by flexing the toes upwards and tensing the fascia ligament.
Plantar Fasciitis is common in runners and other athletes, and people who have jobs that require a large amount of walking or standing.
People with plantar fasciitis often have tight Achilles tendons and calf muscles. Plantar fasciitis usually develops gradually.
Symptoms of Plantar Fasciitis
The most common symptom of plantar fasciitis is intense pain located in the center or the inner side of the bottom of the heel. The pain is most intense when first standing and after resting. The pain is most severe when first standing and after resting because the foot tries to heal itself when it is in a contracted position.
Some other symptoms are tight foot and swelling.
What Causes Plantar Fasciitis?
Plantar Fasciitis is most often caused by abnormal stretching of the plantar fascia ligament. There are many causes of abnormal stretching. Some of the most common causes are:
the foot rolling inward
lack of flexibility in the calf muscles
no arch support in the shoe
Extra weight cause the arches of the foot to sag. Sagging arches causes the plantar fascia to be overly stretched.
having flat feet
Flat feet is a condition where the inner sole of the foot contacts the ground. Flat feet causes plantar fasciitis by overly stretching the plantar fasciia.
Having highly arched feet
spending too much time standing
sudden foot injury
Treatment Options for Plantar Fasciitis
Plantar Fasciitis can be treated. However, the longer you wait to treat it, the more difficult it is to treat. Treatment involves correcting the underlying causative problems. Some of the most common treatments are
realignment of the foot
wearing better fitting shoes
decreasing the amount of time the person is standing or walking
medication (to reduce swelling and pain)
stretching the calf
It takes between 6 to 12 months to heal. However, most people recover in about 6 months.