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Plantar Fasciitis

If you are experiencing pain in your heel or the bottom of your feet when you walk, Plantar Fasciitis may be the cause. We all have to walk in our daily lives, and so having a condition or injury in our feet can be especially debilitating. There are often treatments available at Advance Health and Wellness that can help relieve your pain, heal the source, and get you, painlessly, back on your feet.

Even if your career does not require you to be on your feet very often, you very likely still have to walk during the day: from the bed to the shower, from your house to your car, from the parking lot to your desk, and so on. If you have a more physically demanding job or daily life, plantar fasciitis can be even more frustrating. In extreme cases, you may even miss valuable hours at work, due to an inability to walk and be on your feet.

Plantar fasciitis is the number one cause of heel pain. The thick, flat band of tissue, or ligament, which connects your heel bone to your toes, is called the plantar fascia. It is responsible for supporting the arch of your foot. If you strain this ligament, weakness, swelling, and inflammation can occur. The bottom of your foot or your heel will consequently hurt when you stand or walk. This condition is most common in middle-aged people, though it can occur in younger people who have to be on their feet often or for long periods, like soldiers, athletes, or musicians. One foot at a time, or both feet, can be affected.

Plantar fasciitis results from straining the ligament responsible for supporting the arch in your foot. Straining this ligament repeatedly can result in small tears, leading to pain, inflammation, and swelling. There are a few causes of this repeated straining, such as: a condition where your feet roll too much when walking; arches that are too high or flat feet; walking, standing, or running for long periods, especially on hard surfaces; wearing ill-fitting or worn out shoes that have no support, like high heels; being overweight; and having extremely tight calves.

Many people who have this condition experience pain with the first steps they take after getting out of bed in the morning, or after being seated for a long time. They may have less pain or stiffness after taking a few steps, or their foot could hurt more throughout the day. Pain could be the worst when climbing stairs or after standing for an extended period.

People do not always seek professional treatment for plantar fasciitis, and it is not always necessary to. However, if you experience severe pain, inflammation, or swelling, the tears in your ligament may be larger, and could benefit from therapy and treatment. You may also want to consider the long term effects of not addressing the problem when it is less serious and treatable; this condition, like many, can become worse over time if not properly tended to. Additionally, taking medications at home for the pain will simply mask your symptoms and not treat the problem.