Plantar Fasciitis is a common condition that causes pain on the heel of the foot. It occurs when the plantar fascia – the ligament that supports the arch of the foot – becomes strained through excessive use and weakened as a result.
What are the causes of Plantar Fasciitis?
- Running, walking or standing for long periods of time.
- High arches or flat feet.
- Tight Achilles tendons or calf muscles.
Plantar fasciitis symptoms?
Most people experience pain and stiffness of the foot when they first get out of bed or after long periods of rest. The stiffness may gradually reside but the pain persists. The condition is usually diagnosed by a healthcare practitioner such as a GP or Physiotherapist.
Who Suffers from it?
Women are more susceptible to Plantar Fasciitis than men, as it is common during or after pregnancy, however it is common in both sexes from the ages of 40 to 60. Being overweight can contribute to the condition as well as any sports that involve putting a strain on the plantar fascia tissue such as ballet or running.
Plantar Fasciitis treatment
There is no one set cure for Plantar Fasciitis. A combination of rest and specific stretches as well as wearing a night sock or night splint can alleviate the pain associated with the condition. If the pain is specifically in the heel of the foot then a gel heel cradle can be worn to cushion and support.