Plantar fasciitis is a very common condition that can occur when the plantar fascia ligament becomes inflamed. This ligament is found in the bottom of your foot and can be damaged through overuse or strenuous activity, for example running on hard surfaces. In this article, we'll go over some frequently asked questions about this condition as well as some ways people have found to manage their symptoms effectively.
What causes plantar fasciitis?
The term plantar fasciitis is used to describe the inflammation of the ligament that runs along the sole of your foot. This ligament is called the plantar fascia, and when it becomes inflamed it can cause extreme pain. The exact cause of this inflammation is not always known because there are a few factors that may be involved, however, it most commonly occurs due to overuse and overstretching.
This condition can occur in just about anyone but is most common in athletes who participate in activities that place a lot of stress on the plantar fascia ligament, such as running or jogging. In some cases, it also occurs to those who have spent a long period of time standing on their feet during a workout. Those who are overweight also run the risk of developing plantar fasciitis because often they carry extra weight and place additional pressure on their feet.
What are the treatment options?
The most common and effective treatment plans for plantar fasciitis include:
Night splints or braces
Your podiatrist may recommend a night splint or braces. These are devices that are worn while you sleep that will help keep your heel raised while the rest of your foot is rested. This helps to reduce the pressure on your plantar fascia ligament as well as reducing inflammation. It may take some time to adjust to this device, but it can be very effective.
You should start out with just a few minutes of light exercises and work up gradually. You'll want to focus on your calf muscles and Achilles tendon so you can avoid putting extra stress on your plantar fascia ligament. The training includes stretches that you can do at home as well as exercises that you can participate in with a podiatrist. Usually, this involves some graduated stretches to help loosen up the tight muscles and then strengthening exercises that will improve muscle control.
If you would like to find out more, contact a podiatrist today.