The feeling of intense pain in the bottom of your heel first thing in the morning could be plantar fasciitis, one of the most common foot injuries. According to the 2013 National Health and Wellness Survey, conducted by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, more than 61 percent of people reported having pain every day from plantar fasciitis.
The plantar fascia is a tough, fibrous band inside the bottom of the foot that connects the heel bone to the toes. It supports and gives stability to the foot. When this tissue tears or becomes inflamed, it can lead to plantar fasciitis.
There are several risk factors that could lead to an individual developing plantar fasciitis. Repetitive impact activities like long-distance running and exercise contribute to the likeliness of the condition. Along with being obese or overweight, which puts extra pressure on the plantar fascia. People between the ages of 40 and 60 with weakened connective tissue and limited flexibility could also be more prone to plantar fasciitis. Even having tight calf muscles or a high arch in the foot could make you more susceptible to the condition!
Many people comment on sharp heel pain that is worse during the first steps in the morning or after sitting for a period of time. Stiffness and tenderness at the bottom of the foot is another common complaint. Other symptoms of plantar fasciitis are foot arch pain, not during, but after prolonged physical activity like standing or running.
Home treatments like using shoe inserts and anti-inflammatory drugs can help to ease pain. While cortisone or steroid shots and surgery may help treat more severe cases. Stretching the calf muscles, Achilles tendon, and the bottom of the foot are also key for reducing the chances of recurrence.
Myopress uses neuromuscular therapy techniques to help clients suffering from plantar fasciitis:
- Increase blood circulation the area and loosen stiff connective tissue
- Restore balance and proper function to overworked muscles
- Release trigger points to calm inflamed or hyperactive muscles
The symptoms of plantar fasciitis can seem to come and go, making treatment for the condition easy to avoid for some. However, plantar fasciitis left untreated can change the way a person walks and prevent them from enjoying normal activities. Long-term consequences of plantar fasciitis also includes injuries to the hips and legs. Recognizing symptoms and seeking help early on is always the best way to prevent these complications.
We’d love to answer your questions about plantar fasciitis if you’ve been dealing with it, give us call at (832) 523-2137 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a free consultation.