Plantar Fasciitis is one of the most common causes of heel pain and tends to be more common in runners.
Plantar Fasciitis is caused by abnormal forces on the foot. Contributing factors are obesity, weight gain, jobs that require a lot of walking or standing on hard surfaces, badly worn shoes with little support, and also inactivity.
As a result of these forces, with every step the Plantar Fascia (band of tissue under the foot) is being stretched, resulting in inflammation, irritation and pain at the attachment of the fascia into the heel bone. In some cases the pain is felt under the foot, in the arch.
If you ignore your symptoms you are at risk of developing chronic heel pain. Patients who experience long term foot pain tend to alter their gait to reduce the pressure on the affected area. Long term this can cause to problems with the rest of the foot, the knees, the hips and the back.
Most people can recover from Plantar Fasciitis with rest, icing the painful area, stretches and taking NSAID’s to relieve the pain and reduce the inflammation.
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