Why Plantar Fasciitis Occurs And How To Treat It
Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common foot conditions. There are around 3 million cases in the US each year. Plantar fasciitis occurs when their is a tightness and inflammation of the plantar fascia band, which is a thick band of tissue that connects your heel bone with your toe box.
If you are reading this, you probably either already know you have plantar fasciitis or have foot pain and are trying to figure out what is wrong. One common symptom of plantar fasciitis is heel pain. You can feel the arch of your foot and if you fee a thickened string like band, you like have at least a minor case of plantar fasciitis.
Plantar fasciitis usually occurs after a sudden increase in activity but the stage was already set for this injury to happen. Tight muscles, unsupportive shoes, and inadequate inserts are just a few things that can contribute to the onset of plantar fasciitis. Tight muscles, particularly tight calf muscles and a tight achilles tendon, can place extra stress on the plantar fascia band causing it to tighten. Once this band tightens, any sudden increase of activity has the potential to damage the plantar fascia band and begin causing pain and disability.
Many people with plantar fasciitis have either flat feet or high-arched feet. Often times, these foot types lead to plantar fasciitis because these foot types need extra support while walking or running. Different shoes are made for different foot types but most people do not know this. People can walk into a shoe store and buy a pair of shoes that actually harm their feet.
If you have flat feet and are wearing shoes for people with a neutral foot or a high-arched foot, then your shoes can actively be harming your feet and lead to plantar fasciitis. The same would occur if you have high-arched feet but are wearing shoes that are made for a flat-footed person. Also, the inserts in store bought shoes are often cheap and made for the generic foot. These inserts can also harm your feet leading to plantar fasciitis.
One of the most important tools in podiatry is custom orthotics to provide comfort to people with different foot types. My patients are often amazed at the difference in comfort they feel after just a few days in orthotics.
There are many causes of plantar fasciitis and many treatments that will work. Come in for an office visit at the American Foot and Ankle Specialists. Our experienced podiatrists will help you heal this painful foot condition and heal quickly.
Call (480) 483-9000 and schedule your consultation.
By John Erotas