Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common causes of heel pain. It is due to inflammation of a thick band of tissue called the plantar fascia, which runs across the bottom of the foot, connecting the heel bone to the toes.

Plantar fasciitis is very common in runner, overweight people, pregnant woman, and those who wear shoes with inadequate support.

Symptoms of Plantar Fasciitis

  • Pain in the bottom of the heel or arch when first standing, especially first thing in the morning, which gradually improves with walking. However, this pain may return with continued walking. The pain usually subsides after a period of rest.
  • Feels like a stab in the heel of your foot

What are the causes of Plantar Fasciitis?

Under normal circumstances, the plantar fascia acts like a shock-absorbing, bowstring, supporting the arch of the foot. But when the tension on the bowstring becomes too great, it creates small tears in the fascia. Repetitive stretching and tearing causes the fascia to become irritated or inflamed.

How to prevent heel pain (Plantar Fasciitis)?

  • Maintaining a healthy weight to minimize the stress on the plantar fascia
  • Choosing supportive shoes such as avoiding wearing high heels and to buy shoes with a low to moderate heel, good arch support and shock absorbency.
  • Do not go barefoot, especially on hard surfaces.

Treatments

About 90% of people who suffer from plantar fasciitis recover from conservative treatments in just a few months. There are include:

  • Anti-inflammatory medicine
  • Anti-inflammatory injections
  • Shockwave therapy
  • Orthopeadic Accessory like silicone heel cup can help to reduce heel pain

However, 10% of the people may require surgical procedure if the signs of symptoms persist and interferes the daily activities.

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