Plantar Fasciitis- Annoying & Achy Foot Pain
Plantar Fasciitis- The annoying pain at the bottom of the foot…
Plantar fasciitis is a common injury affecting athletes, those that love to stay active, and professionals that are on their feet all the time.
It is often very painful and usually progresses slowly to the point that walking is very painful.
Plantar fascitis causes pain across the sole of the foot, typically by the heel.
In this article, you will learn what plantar fasciitis is, why it occurs, and what you can do about it.
What is Plantar Fasciitis
The plantar fascia is a thick tissue that lies on the bottom of the foot.
It is one of the first layers of tissue in the foot which overlies many muscles and ligaments.
When a patient presents with plantar fasciitis, this area is inflamed and irritated. It commonly causes pain when walking, especially when they have been sedentary.
This is why they call it plantar fasciitis- the plantar fascia is inflamed.
Why Does it Occur?
The cause of plantar fasciitis varies from person to person. Usually is stems from being on the feet too much, abnormal pronation of the foot, wrong shoe wear, or other factors.
When we are on our feet for extensive periods of times, the bottoms of the feet can get overworked and result in plantar fasciitis.
This is one of the many reasons why wearing shoes with adequate support is important to your feet. If you haven’t already, change your shoe wear.
Pronation of the foot occurs when the arch of the foot collapses. This is a normal motion of the foot but when excessive it can strain and stretch out the plantar fascia.
Excessive pronation usually occurs due to weakness of the hip muscles, tight calves, or reduced motion of joints of the foot.
Sometimes, granted, it isn’t an issue with the foot. It can be overtraining if you’re an athlete or weekend warrior
In other cases, it can be limitations of the hip joint or spine that results in plantar fasciitis.
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What You Can Do About Your Plantar Fascitis?
To help your plantar fasciitis heal you will want to start off by changing your shoe wear. This will help provide more stability to the foot and reduce stress to the plantar fasciitis.
If you are an athlete, you want to make sure you are warming up properly before practice and athletic competition and not over training. Frequently plantar fasciitis occurs to runners because they are over training.
If your foot over pronates, start by getting a new pair of shoes as mentioned above and begin to strengthen your foot supination muscles. A quick search on “google” for foot supination exercises should do the trick .
Try rolling the bottom of the foot with ice and stretching your calves. Again, a quick search online should do the trick.
Finally, if the condition still hasn’t disappeared with the above in a week or two, you should seek help from a specialty trained physical therapist.
Physical therapists are great because they can pinpoint exactly why the injury has occurred and get you better faster because of this.
As a result, you will be able to return to athletic competition, work, and stay active sooner rather than later.
Some treatments physical therapists perform is releasing of the fascia with their hands-on techniques, prescription of a foot orthotic to help reduce pronation, and structure and individualized stretching and strengthening exercises to reduce loading to the plantar fascia.
Concluding Remarks on Plantar Fascitis
Plantar fasciitis can be a frustrating, annoying, and a debilitating experience. It frequently causes pain when walking, running, or even going up and down the stairs.
It commonly affects business professionals, athletes, and those that value their health who love to stay active.
Although it is troublesome for many patients, it can be treated and resolved completely by following the advice within this article and seeing a specialty trained physical therapist.
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About Author: Dr. Scott Gray
Dr. Scott Gray is an internationally recognized and expert physical therapist specializing in sport, athletic, and back and neck injuries. He is the inventor of a revolutionary form of treatment called the GRAY METHOD. This type of treatment unlike others, addresses the CAUSE rather than just your SYMPTOMS with a full body approach. For more information on how to ease or overcome your injury, go to www.backinmotionsspt.com.