Plantar fasciitis is regarded as the most frequent cause of pain in the heel. The key symptom of this condition is more serious discomfort underneath the heel when standing up from rest, mainly in the morning after a nights sleep. There are many of causes that may lead to this condition and there is probably not just one factor, but more a combination or interplay of the causes. Managing most cases is directed at eliminating the reason, so it’s necessary for podiatrists to find out which factor or issues are present in each individual case before you begin management.
Probably the most frequent factor is being overweight. This does make sense as it just loads up the arch of the foot due to the increased body mass and places stress on the heel, resulting in the condition. Restricted lower leg muscles are also a frequently present factor in heel pain. The restricted leg muscles place more tension on the arch of the feet. Increased amounts of activity are also an important factor. This is especially the situation in athletes that develop the problem. This also includes those people who are on their feet throughout the day at work, particularly if they are standing and walking on a hard floor or carrying heavy loads. The other significant factor is the function of the foot, with flat feet especially being a factor.
The treating of plantar fasciitis is frequently challenging despite it being a frequent and well known condition. All the factors in each persons case have to be identified and the presence or absence of any one of them will be different from situation to situation. Once that is done a treatment plan needs to be designed to treat each of the factors involved in the cause. This is probably the most important aspect of the treatment, as anything else which is used for this condition is highly likely to be unsuccessful unless they are resolved. Along with addressing the risk factors, therapy should also be geared towards helping the plantar fascia heal. If you have any troubles with plantar fasciitis, then you probably should seek advice from a good medical professional to get a suitable treatment approach.
The Problem of Plantar Fasciitis by Pat Mitchell