Plantar Fasciitis is a common ailment among both those of an active or of a sedentary lifestyle. In the active person, it occurs especially in runners, when they have either changed the amount that they run, the surface that they run on or when they run in improper shoes. It is very common for these endurance athletes to ignore and push through pain. No amount of running through it makes the pain go away. In the inactive person, it may be more common when there is an increase in weight or where they walk or stand using improper gait mechanics.
What is Plantar Fasciitis? Plantar Fasciitis is inflammation of the plantar fascia, a band of tissue running from your heel to you toes. This band works like the string of a bow, helping to hold up your arch. The repetitive motion of walking or running with bad mechanics or improper rest can strain this band of tissue causing it to become inflamed and painful.
How do you know that you have Plantar Fasciitis?
– Plantar Fasciitis often hurts the most, 1st thing in the morning. The first few steps can be excruciating.
– The pain can be on the bottom of your heel and also in the arch.
– It increases by standing for long periods of time, walking barefoot, or running.
– It happens more with those who have flat feet or tight calf muscles.
– The pain may come on gradually, without a specifically identifiable cause.
If you think that you may have heel pain and can’t seem to get rid of it, being seen by a physical therapist can help set you on the course to complete healing. According to Web MD, about 95% if those with Plantar Fasciitis are able to heal and return to life as they knew it, without surgery.
If properly managed, you can feel better in a matter of only a few weeks. How can you start feeling better?
#2- Cushioning your landing with a gel insert and supporting your arch to prevent further strain to the plantar fascia will help allow it to rest. It puts your plantar fascia on slack by lifting your heel, thus further allowing the tissue t o heal.
#3- Warm it up before standing up: Performing simple ankle pumps by tapping your toe before standing up will both gently stretch the plantar fascia and increase the
blood flow to the area before you stand up, thereby easing the pain, you would otherwise feel upon standing after sitting for long periods or after sleep. However, Plantar Fasciitis is best managed with the help of a physical therapist.
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