Are you having pain in your heel? Do your first steps out of bed hurt in the morning?
There is very good possibility you are suffering from plantar fasciitis. What is plantar fasciitis? So everyone has a plantar fascia on the sole of their foot. This plantar fascia is a strong fibrous tissue band which runs from the heel bone to the toes. It helps support the bottom of the foot. Plantar fasciitis is basically an overuse syndrome of this strong tissue band. The area becomes inflamed and irritated from excessive use.
Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common causes of heel pain. The pain can get better after walking but at the end of the day it can hurt again due to plantar fascia being overused. Usually if you are on your feet walking or sitting all day, plantar fasciitis can occur.
It usually occurs to individuals who are overweight, who are runners, or who are excessively on their feet.
Most of the time plantar fasciitis can be treated conservatively:
- good supportive shoe gear
- supportive orthotics
- night splints
- injections (steroid, Platelet Rich Plasma, Amniotic Fluid)
If conservative treatment fails, plantar fasciitis can be treated surgically through numerous procedures depending on the individual patient.
If you’re having heel pain, please do not wait too long to get it evaluated as this condition is painful. Plantar fasciitis can become chronic, can cause tears within in the plantar fascia, can hinder daily activities.