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Today’s topic is plantar fasciitis, which is a painful condition located near the bottom of the heel. Please continue reading to learn more about the condition from John Harrison, a Physical Therapist in Sacramento, California. He has been a licensed PT for 13 years.
1. What is plantar fasciitis?
Plantar fasciitis is a common disorder that causes pain near the bottom of the heel. This connective tissue, called plantar fascia, acts as an anchor against the very strong calf muscles in the lower leg, and also supports the arch of the foot.
2. What causes plantar fasciitis?
It is caused by overstretching or overloading of the plantar fascia. Factors that may contribute to this disorder include age, increased weight, poor-fitting footwear, and over exposure to standing on hard surfaces.
3. Who is susceptible to getting this condition?
Approximately 10 percent of people will suffer from plantar fasciitis at least once in their lifetime. People with flat feet are more susceptible. Lack of exercise and stiff calves can also contribute to this disorder, and will need to be addressed to ensure rapid recovery.
4. How is plantar fasciitis treated?
Plantar fasciitis is typically treated at home with basic interventions that help heal the injured area through managing any swelling, restoring circulation to the injured tissue, and restoring support to the tissue that has been overstretched or overloaded. Some common treatments include rest, using Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID), application of ice, light stretching, and wearing a foot support or taping. For those who don’t respond to conservative treatment, more advanced medical evaluation is necessary to rule out other possible conditions.
5. Is plantar fasciitis a permanent condition or does it go away?
If the condition is addressed appropriately and in a timely manner, it will usually go away. When there are more complex, underlying issues causing the disorder, then plantar fasciitis can lead to chronic symptoms associated with the addition of scar tissue around the injury. In most cases, when diagnosed properly, plantar fasciitis can be identified and treated properly early in the injury’s onset, which shortens the overall injury duration and reduces the probability of future flare ups. The best defense is early medical intervention.
John Harrison is a Physical Therapist for U.S. HealthWorks in Sacramento, CA.