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Things to Know About Plantar Fasciitis

By on July 13, 2012 in Diseases, Health with 0 Comments


What is plantar fascia?

The plantar fascia is a band of tissue, much like a tendon, that starts at the heel and runs along the sole. It connects to each of the bones of the foot pad. The plantar fascia acts like a rubber band between the heel and ball of the foot to form the arch of the foot. If the band is short, you will have a high arch, and, if the band is long, you have a low arch, this is what some people call flat feet. A fat pad in the heel covers the plantar fascia to help absorb the shock that occurs when walking. Damage to the plantar fascia can be a cause of heel pain.

What is the cause of heel pain?

As a person ages, the plantar fascia is less like a rubber band and a rope does not stretch very well. The fat pad in the heel becomes thinner and therefore can not absorb the impact that occurs when walking. The additional impact damages the plantar fascia and can cause it to swell, to bruise or tear. You may notice a bruise or swelling in the heel.

Other risk factors for plantar fasciitis include:

  • Overweight and obesity.
  • Diabetes.
  • Spend most of the day standing.
  • Become active in a short time.
  • Having flat feet or high arches.

How will my doctor know if the pain I have is caused by plantar fasciitis?

Your doctor will ask about the type of pain that is taking on when it occurs and how long has it. If you have pain in your heel when you first get up in the morning, you may have plantar fasciitis. Most people with plantar fasciitis states that pain is like a knife or a pin that was nailed to the sole. After being lifted for a while, the pain becomes more like a dull ache. If you sit for any length of time, acute pain will return when you get up again.

What I can do about heel pain?

If you walk or run much, cut back a little often. You may not need to stop walking or running altogether.

If you have flat feet or high arches, ask your doctor about using templates to footwear orthotics are called elements. The elements are orthotic arch supports. Measures will be taken for them.

If you are overweight, losing weight can help reduce heel pain. If your job involves standing on a hard floor or standing in one place for long periods, put some padding on the floor where it stops.



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