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What is Plantar Fasciitis?

Do you feel pain over the feet or heels when you step down on the ground in the morning? Or pain on the soles of the feet after walking for a long time? Do you feel pain when you try to lift the toes? Do you see any swelling over the soles and heels of the foot? You might be having plantar fasciitis.

Plantar fasciitis is the inflammation of the plantar fascia. First of all, let’s understand plantar fascia. The soles of our feet bare the weight of our whole body and also provide solid support for our body with the help of the ligament, tendon as well as plantar fascia located on the soles of the foot. Plantar fascia is a dense connective tissue that spans from the calcaneus to the toes. The main function is to support the body and absorb shock from the ground while exercising.

The reasons for having plantar fasciitis can include degeneration, prolonged standing, or walking, wearing improper shoes, flat feet, and leg-length discrepancy. These can cause excess impact and overload to the plantar fascia. The plantar fascia might become fibrosis which makes it harder for the blood to enter and heal. Eventually, patients will experience the symptoms of plantar fasciitis. Additionally, heel spur does not correlate with plantar fasciitis, but one might suffer from pain if the bone spur affects the nerves.

conservation therapy to reduce stiffness and increase blood circulation to repair the inflammation. But if patients are not getting back after six months of treatment, they might want to consider surgeries that remove part of the plantar fascia to loosen up the tissue. Depending on the severity and patients’ conditions, they can receive injections and medication to ease the pain or discomfort.

Stay tuned for the exercise to prevent plantar fasciitis!

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