Plantar Fasciitis is the medical term given to a condition that involves inflammation and pain of the plantar fascia in the foot. Plantar Fasciitis is one of the most common causes of foot pain. See our article on Plantar Fasciitis Stretches.
What is Plantar Fasciitis?
Plantar Fasciitis Causes
The Plantar Fascia is a strong band of tissue that stretches from your heel to your middle foot bones. It supports the arch of your foot and also acts as a shock absorber in your foot.
The attachment to the heel bone, on the sole of the foot, experiences tension and pulling during walking, running, exercise and sport. This can cause minute tears to occur which then become inflamed and painful. Likened to walking on broken glass, the pain of plantar fasciitis is most severe when first getting up in the morning or after sitting down for an extended time period. Long periods of standing, especially on hard surfaces, can also cause the pain to get worse. Wearing shoes that have insufficient support for the foot can also lead to the condition getting worse. Stretching the calves and massaging the arch can help reduce the pain of Plantar Fasciitis.
Plantar Fasciitis Statistics
Around 70% of the UK population over-pronate. This means that with every step we take we roll our feet inwards and the arch lowers. Over-pronation is a major cause of Plantar Fasciitis.
A large number of the UK population will suffer from this painful foot condition at some stage of their lives, It is a relatively modern condition, coming about because of the increase in the amount and extent of hard surfaces in places where we work, stand, walk and exercise. If you think you have Plantar Fasciitis see our article Do I Have Plantar Fasciitis.
What are the Options?
Plantar fasciitis is a weight-bearing problem that is also linked to body mass; this means that overweight people being more likely to suffer than those who are of average weight. Those who regularly walk or exercise on hard surfaces, like runners and joggers, and those whose work requires them to stand for long periods, are also more prone to this condition. With an increasing weight problem in the UK more and more people are suffering from Plantar Fasciitis.
Whether you work on a hard surface or have to stand for long periods; run or jog on hard surfaces for fun, fitness or exercise; are overweight or wear poorly supportive shoes; you will be pleased to learn that plantar fasciitis has several treatment options that will give you relief from the intense pain of this condition.