Information about Plantar Fascitis
We Have to Know about the Plantar Fascitis
- Inflammation of the plantar fascia — the tissue along the bottom of your foot that connects your heel bone to your toes
Could be dangerous, if the answer is YES for any one of the following questions
Causes of Plantar Fascitis
- Physical activity overload. Plantar fasciitis is common in long-distance runners. Jogging, walking or stair climbing can place too much stress
- Being flat-footed, having a high arch or even having an abnormal pattern of walking
- Improper shoes.
Do’s and Don’ts of Plantar Fascitis
- Maintain a healthy weight.
- Choose supportive shoes.
- Don’t wear worn-out athletic shoes.
- Warm up before starting any athletic activity or sport, and start a new exercise program slowly.
- Wake up with a stretch. Before you get out of bed in the morning, stretch your calf muscles, arch and Achilles tendon by reaching for your toes and gently flexing your foot.
Signs & Symptoms of Plantar Fascitis
- Sharp pain in the inside part of the bottom of your heel, which may feel like a knife sticking in the bottom of your foot
- Heel pain that tends to be worse with the first few steps after awakening, when climbing stairs or when standing on tiptoe
- Heel pain after long periods of standing or after getting up from a seated position
- Heel pain after, but not usually during, exercise
- Mild swelling in your heel
Medical advice for Plantar Fascitis
- You have heel pain; try self-care measures, such as stretching and changing your activities. If you don’t see much progress after a few weeks of home treatment, see your doctor.
Risk factors of Plantar Fascitis
- Active in sports.
- Flat-footed or have high arches.
- Middle-aged or older.
- People with occupations that require a lot of walking or standing on hard surfaces, including factory workers, teachers, and waitresses
- Wearing shoes with poor arch support or stiff soles.
Treatment for Plantar Fascitis
- Night Splints
- Physical therapy
Self-care for Plantar Fascitis
- Apply ice.
- Put your feet up.
- Take up a low-impact exercise.
- Apply pressure to your heel by rolling a golf ball or tennis ball with the arch of your foot while you are standing and stabilized.
Investigations for Plantar Fascitis
- X-ray or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)