What is Plantar Fasciitis?
Plantar fasciitis is a common cause of heel pain. The most notable symptom of plantar fasciitis is stabbing heel pain first thing in the morning that usually decreases as the day goes on.
Your plantar fascia is a large ligament on the bottom of your foot. For a multitude of reasons it can become over stretched, tear or become inflamed. Here are some common risk factors that may lead to the development of plantar fasciitis:
Age: this condition usually affects adults between 40-60 years.
Foot Biomechanics: the posture of your foot when you weight bear can increase the strain on your plantar fascia. Also your gait (the way you walk) can have an impact.
Occupation: plantar fascia often affects individuals who stand for long periods of time.
BMI: an increase in weight, increases the forces on your plantar fascia. For example for every step you take 2.5 times your body weight goes through your feet.
The good news is that there are simple and effective conservative treatment options available to treat the condition. Such treatment plans usually involve rest, ice, exercises and in some cases orthotics.
If you are experiencing heel pain, don’t ignore it.
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