Plantar fasciitis is a stress injury that impacts the connective tissues between the heel and the bottom of the toes. People who suffer from plantar fasciitis have many small tears in this tissue. This causes heel area pain that can range from mild to extremely severe.
If it is not treated, it can go on for years in some cases. It is very important that anyone having plantar fasciitis symptoms sees an experienced podiatrist as soon as possible for symptom relief. If patients get appropriate treatment, they can often start to get relief within weeks, with total healing taking several months.
The cause of plantar fasciitis is repetitive stress. This injury is often seen in runners since they commonly put considerable stress on the connective tissues involved in plantar fasciitis. In other cases, the stress comes from a different source. People who are significantly overweight may be more prone to plantar fasciitis since the extra weight puts stress on the plantar fascia and on the body as a whole. Standing for unusually long periods each day may also lead to plantar fasciitis, particularly due to the fact that constantly walking on hard surfaces may be damaging to the plantar fascia. When plantar fasciitis occurs, it is usually after there has been some type of change in activity. For example, a person who normally runs 2 miles a day may increase their daily run to 6 miles a day. This causes considerable extra stress on the plantar fascia and may result in plantar fasciitis, particularly if the change was made very suddenly.
There are several effective treatment options, including orthotics, night splints, prescribed strengthening and stretching exercises, rest, and ice treatments. In the most severe cases, surgical correction may be needed.
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