Plantar fasciitis is a condition that affects millions of people in the United States every year, but many of us who are suffering from plantar fasciitis might not know what we are dealing with and how we might fix it.
What is plantar fasciitis?
The medical condition known as plantar fasciitis refers to the painful inflammation of the plantar fascia. But what is the plantar fascia? And how does it get inflamed?
What is the plantar fascia?
The plantar fascia is the ligament that connects the heel to the toes. It runs along the bottom of the foot, forms along the arch of the foot, and splits into five separate ropes, one connecting to each toe. It is a significant and integral part of the foot, and there is no way to avoid using that part of your foot. Plantar fasciitis can lead to debilitating pain that can be difficult to avoid when it’s acting up.
How does the plantar fascia get inflamed?
Inflammation can affect the plantar fascia for a few different reasons, almost all of which stem from strain of some sort. Some folks deal with plantar fasciitis when they take up a new activity, such as a sport like running or climbing. (I had a particularly nasty flare-up after my first venture at bouldering.) A long day or series of days spent standing much more than normal can also trigger plantar fasciitis, especially if it’s on a hard surface like a cement floor. Weight gain, too much time barefoot, or wearing shoes that don’t provide enough arch support can also cause plantar fasciitis.
How does plantar fasciitis feel?
People feel pain differently, but generally speaking, plantar fasciitis pain occurs in the arch and/or the heel. It’s often most pronounced first the first time you stand up in the morning, when you stand after a long period of rest, or when you’ve been on your feet for a long period of time.
How can I prevent plantar fasciitis?
There are several things you can do to prevent plantar fasciitis. The first is to rest and keep off your feet as much as possible. If it was a new activity that caused the inflammation, such as running or hiking, refrain from doing that activity until your pain has subsided.
If keeping off your feet isn’t an option, there are two main things you can do to recover from plantar fasciitis pain. The first is to do some foot stretches. Gentle stretches loosen up the plantar fascia, and once it’s loose enough, the pain will subside. The second thing you can do to get rid of plantar fasciitis is wear shoes that offer good arch support.
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