Plantar Fasciitis is one of the major areas of Research for conditions that cause foot pain. It is actually considered the root cause of pain in the arch of the foot in most of the cases. Plantar Fascia which is the band of connective tissues which connect toes and heel bone is the affected party in Plantar Fasciitis.
The condition mostly affects athletes who play contact sports or sports that involve running. Actually, according to one statistic, around 10% of the injuries caused due to running lead to Plantar Fasciitis. However, it’s not just athletes who remain at risk of Plantar Fasciitis. If you walk on hard surfaces for long durations, there is a chance of heel pain as well caused by Plantar Fasciitis. People who are overweight remain susceptible to Plantar Fasciitis too.
As already mentioned, Plantar Fasciitis impacts the Plantar Fascia. The root cause of Plantar Fasciitis is the development of minor tears in the band of connective tissues named Plantar Fascia. The minor tears continue to accumulate over time and lead to major tears and the major tears cause a stabbing pain in the heel and the foot. The tears also lead to inflammation and irritation and this is also a cause of pain in the foot.
While the main cause of Plantar Fasciitis is the inflammation and tears in Plantar Fascia, the main cause of this inflammation and tears is the constant stress put on the arch of the foot which typically require Orthotists. Since the tissues connect the heel bone to the toe, they pass through the arch of the foot. When you stand up, walk, jog and run, the arch of the foot withstands your entire body’s weight. The pressure is obviously the most when you run though it is considerably high when walking or jogging too (especially on hard surfaces). Over stressing the tissues once or twice doesn’t lead to any complications, consistent stress on the tissues beyond their ability to withstand stress is what causes the inflammation and tears.
And what puts too much stress on the arch of the foot?
Poor Posture and Style of Walking
You would put a lot more pressure on the arch of your foot if your style of walking isn’t correct.
You would put pressure beyond the capability of absorption of the plantar fascia when your body would weigh too much and this would obviously lead to heel pain.
Uncomfortable footwear which doesn’t fit properly provides the feet lesser space to maneuver in order to distribute the pressure appropriately.
The main ORTHOTIC PRESCRIPTION but can also include:
Pain in the foot after waking up and standing
Pain in the foot after standing up after staying seated for a long duration
Stabbing pain in and around the heel
The strongest indication that the heel pain is due to Plantar Fasciitis is pain after waking up.
Since the main cause of Plantar Fasciitis is the inflammation, most treatments hone in on reducing the inflammation to provide pain relief. Reducing the stress on the Plantar Fascia is also part of the treatment in order to provide it appropriate time to heal the tears.
The most important treatment is physical exercises which would bring stability to the heel and help the Plantar Fascia in regaining its strength. Other leg muscles are also strengthened during these physical exercises in order to ensure that the pressure of the body can be distributed more to put less stress on the weakened Plantar Fascia. In addition, Orthotics work in mysterious ways and can assist with relieving the pain.
What Research is underway? Orthotics is the name of footwear which conforms to the shape of the feet in order to ensure that the pressure on each foot is more distributed, these insoles are highly effective and undergo constant research and development.
Foot taping is another kind of treatment of Plantar Fasciitis. Taping restricts the movement of the Plantar Fascia and forces the body to put pressure on other parts of the leg when standing up or walking. This provides Plantar Fascia with the time needed to heal properly.
Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs are basically prescribed to reduce the inflammation in the region to bring immediate pain relief. Physical exercises can only be done when there is no pain and NSAIDs ensure that the pain goes away so that people can exercise to regain their strength.
Another common treatment method is using insoles which are available at Footlogics. It is important to note that Plantar Fasciitis is totally treatable and there is no need to worry if you are diagnosed with the condition at any point.
Orthotic Solutions For Plantar Fasciitis
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