Plantar Fascia (What Is Plantar Fascia?)
Plantar Fascia is the name given to the thick band of tissue found on the sole of your foot. The ligament connects the hell bone to the bones in your toes, facilitating movement in your foot and helping you walk. The plantar fascia supports the arch of your foot whilst bearing the brunt of the impact from physical activity.
The Plantar Fascia can become inflamed. This will be due to a plantar fascia tear or micro-tear which can happen suddenly or accumulate gradually like a stress-fracture or sprain. The condition is called plantar fasciitis and is most common amongst very active people and those who run or take part in high-impact sports (for the feet, i.e. athletic jumping).
Micro-tears in the plantar fascia is the condition called plantar fasciitis. Whereas a full tear in the plantar fascia is more severe and will be caused by a specific injury. It will be a more acute, piercing pain and will make itself known immediately. A plantar fascia tear can require surgery, but this is rare.
If you’ve got Plantar Fasciitis, you’ll feel a sharp pain on the underside of your heel, usually when you walk or move after sitting or resting for a long period of time. Fortunately, there are several easy and affordable treatment options available for this common condition.
Pain in the plantar fascia occurs because the tendon is stretched. The elasticity of the plantar fascia tendon is not at optimal elasticity after excessive impact to the area or after long periods of inactivity such as sleep. This means the tendon has to over-work and over-stretch when it is not ready and can cause sharp, stabbing and even a dull ache to the heel, extending towards the arch of the foot.
Many people report the pain of plantar fascia differently and pain in the ball of the foot and heel pain should all be treated accordingly.
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