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 fasciitis 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 Fasciits?
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 extended periods of time, 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.