Plantar Fasciitis: An Overview

11/21/2013

Plantar Fasciitis: An Overview

 

You might have heard or noticed yourself that runners and athletics are most often hurt by heel injury, also called as plantar fasciitis. This is a condition wherein the pain occurs at the bottom of your help.

A man’s foot composition involves a band of tissue extending from the foot fingers and toes till the bottom of the foot or the bottom of the heel. This band of tissue is called as plantar fascia. In a situation when you are running, you tend to put a lot of weight on your toes and raise your heels. This stretches the fascia and causes pain. Since your fascia has to bear all the weight while you are running, repetitive similar acts can cause even tearing of the fascia.

Factors Causing Trouble to Fascia

Plantar fascia can be troubled by the kind of shoes you wear. Shoes having stiffer soles, or those having inappropriate bend can cause not only problems like shoe-biting but can also cause problems for your fascia. You should take care to wear shoes that appropriately fit your leg. Apart from the shoes, your running speed can also hurt your fascia. If you are running at a speed that is too fast to handle by your current plantar fascia, you can see signs of arthritis occurring. There is no proper medication for this problem. Aspiring made pills can only help to reduce the pain. However, there is not permanent solution.

Precautions to take for Plantar Fasciitis

  • Avoid running too much, take proper breaks during running
  • Limit your walking to two sessions. Instead, start pedaling for physical work out. This will place pressure on knee and hips area rather than your fascia.
  • Make use of shoes having soft and flexible soles
  • Try to put on arch supports helping you to stretch out your calf muscles and limiting the feet roll motion.

Treatments

Many surgeons have now started offering treatments for curing the heel pain. A surgery called fasciotomy used to cut the plantar is usually ineffective. Not only this, but it also prevents the fascia from healing. Non-surgical treatment offered by podiatrists is slowly making its way instead. It is also approved by the Food & Drugs Administration. There is also a machine called ‘The Dornier EPOS extracorporeal shockwave machine’ which is used to cure the problems of plantar fasciitis. However, if persistently faced with such problems, you should contact a podiatrist immediately.

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