What Causes Plantar Fasciitis?
Your plantar fascia absorbs the shock inflicted upon your foot while walking. If the pressure on this area gets overbearing, you can develop a tear in that region. Basically, when you overstretch your arch, it gets swollen & inflamed, causing pain.
There’s no definitive cause for it, but usually, it’s an effect of overactivity or unnecessary pressure on the arch.
Generally, you are the risk of developing Plantar Fasciitis if you:
- Are overweight
- Are an adult over the age of 40
- Perform exercises that require a lot of running or heavy involvement of your feet, like marathons, weightlifting, ballet dancing, etc.
- Your daily routine involves much standing or walking.
- Wear worn-out shoes or ones with thin soles.
- Have flat feet or walk unusually.
In many cases, the absolute cause could be unclear. Often, it’s a combination of any of the above.
Treatment Options for Plantar Fasciitis
There are plenty of treatment options available. But a personalized plan depending on where exactly you are feeling the pain, how severe your pain is, your medical history, and other considerations would be the best choice.
Plantar Fasciitis mostly requires self-limiting to be treated without any invasive therapy in 95% of the cases.
Conservative care can easily heal your heel.
Here’s what a typical plan would be like:
- Home remedies: Initially, you will be advised of some home remedies which include, applying ice to the affected area, and using braces or inflammatory drugs.
- Physical Therapy: You will be counseled to perform specific therapeutic exercises that will stretch your arc & Achilles tendon, providing stability to your heel.
- Ample Rest: Most patients are advised to rest because prolonged high-pressure activity can cause more damage. So, you’ll be taking a rest from exercising, walking, or standing for long hours. In some cases, with severe symptoms, we also recommend complete rest with a short cast allowing it room to heal.
- Custom Orthotics: Customer Orthotics are prescribed for extra cushioning, relieving your pain while walking or standing. This is an efficient solution as the pressure is distributed evenly on your plantar fascia (the foot’s arch), restricting pain & any further damage.
- Corticosteroid Injection: If the pain is unbearable and prolonged, we inject the damaged section directly with a corticosteroid, easing the pain.
- Extracorporeal shock wave therapy: Before Surgery, Extracorporeal therapy is one last option we consider if the pain continues. In this, sound waves are introduced as a stimulus to the affected area to relieve pain.
We do a surgical procedure in rare cases where the pain is highly severe and increasing. But it’s very infrequent. In 95% of the cases, self-limiting and care are enough to ease the pain and heal the affected area.
Relieve Your Pain & Stop Further Damage with Proper Treatment
If Plantar Fasciitis is not correctly treated, it can damage the heel, further worsening the pain.
Nip this in the bud once and for all before it gets out of hand.
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