Posted: July 1, 2018 2:15 pm
Did you know??? The age group most likely to be struck by plantar fasciitis is those between 40-60 years of age. That’s because the tissue in the foot starts losing elasticity as we age! Runners are more likely to have plantar fasciitis. The impact your feet absorb when you run can be as much as four times your bodyweight.
The plantar fascia is a ligament like band running from your heel to the ball of your foot. The band pulls on the heel bone and raises the arch of your foot as it pushes off the ground.
Causes– If your foot flattens too much the fascia may overstretch and swell. If your foot flattens too little, the fascia may ache from being pulled too tight. Repeated strain can cause tiny tears in the ligament. These tears can lead to pain and swelling.
Symptoms– With plantar fasciitis, the bottom of your foot may hurt when you stand especially when you step down first thing in the morning. Pain usually occurs near the spot where your heel and arch meet.
Plantar fasciitis can be treated by wearing night splints to help stretch the plantar fascia, receiving a cortisone injection, wearing custom made orthotics to support the arch, physical therapy and stretching.
Plantar fasciitis most often occurs because of injuries that have happened over time. With treatment, you will have less pain within a few weeks but it may take time for the pain to go away completely.
Most importantly-stay with your treatment, if you don’t, you may have constant pain when you stand or walk. The sooner you start treatment, the sooner your feet will stop hurting.
Fun Fact: A full quarter of the bones in your body are located in your feet!
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