What is it?
Plantar fasciitis is an inflammation of the plantar fascia, a piece of strong, thick tissue that runs along the bottom of the foot. It connects the heel bone to the toes, supporting the arch of the foot.
Standing on your foot exerts pressure on your plantar fascia. Pressure distribution is on all five toes and the heel.
Prolonged, excessive traction can produce a heel spur.
The spur doesn’t occur on the toes because the force is distributed over five areas, whereas on the heel side, there is only one area.
Plantar fasciitis is an extremely common cause of foot pain.
Pain appears in the bottom of the heel. It is especially bad when you first wake up and stand on your foot. This is due to the plantar fascia becoming relatively tight through the night when you’re not standing on it. As soon as you stand on your foot, the plantar fascia stretches, which can be extremely painful.
Pain from plantar fasciitis becomes noticeable after prolonged standing or sitting, or after intense activity.
Diagnosis of Plantar Fasciitis
The diagnosis of plantar fasciitis is a relatively easy one to make clinically. The use of x-rays usually rules out any other causes for heel pain. The x-rays will often show a heel spur.
Like most entities in orthopedic medicine, plantar fasciitis should initially receive treatment in the form of anti-inflammatory medication (either all natural or NSAIDS such as Ibuprofen), rest, and ice.
The most important treatment in my opinion is stretching. When the plantar fasciitis is active, stretching as soon as you wake up is of utmost importance. The easiest stretch is the wall stretch.
Stretching is most effective with the knee out straight and as far away from the wall as possible. This maximizes the stretch. You should hold this for 30 seconds and repeat x3.
Arch support shoe inserts can also provide relief in this condition.
If the pain is severe and persists despite the stretching, then a cortisone injection is very beneficial.
Rarely, surgery is necessary when you don’t respond to these treatments.
The plantar fascia at the insertion into the heel is excised with surgery. The heel spur remains untouched, as it is a secondary phenomenon and not the cause of the pain.
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