Plantar Fasciitis

Approximately 2 million people a year seek treatment for Plantar Fasciitis, according to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.


Plantar fasciitis causes a stabbing pain on the bottom of your foot on or near your heel.


This may not seem like a major problem, but just consider how much you rely on your heels throughout the day.


Every time you take a step, get up or down, or even just stand in place you are putting pressure on your heels.


Since plantar fasciitis is the most common cause of heel pain and takes 6 - 18 months to resolve, it can be a significant source of pain in a person’s life.


While there is not a miracle cure for plantar fasciitis, there are many excellent treatments.


Some therapies even cure 97% of people who utilize them.


Plantar Fasciitis

The pain occurs most often right after you wake up.


You may also experience it during long periods of standing, when you get up after sitting for a long time, and after exercise.


Usually, activity will help it feel better for a little while, but the pain comes back.


Causes


The plantar fascia is a thick ligament that connects the heel bone to the front of the foot.


It supports the arch of the foot and absorbs shock when you take a step.


Overuse or injury can cause microtears and inflammation, leading to plantar fasciitis.


Over time, scar tissue forms and the problem becomes a degenerative tissue condition resulting in chronic pain.


It is important to cure plantar fasciitis because chronic heel pain may cause you to change the way you stand and walk.


This often leads to other foot, knee, hip and back problems.


Risk Factors


Although some people develop plantar fasciitis without any obvious cause, there are certain factors that make it more likely.