Plantar Fasciitis

The Plantar Fascia is the name given to the thick band of tissue found in the arch of your foot. The muscle connects the heel bone to the bones in your toes, allowing movement in your foot. When your Plantar Fascia becomes inflamed it is known as Plantar Fasciitis. This condition is caused by a gradual or sudden tear in the muscle tissue, which is common in active people who play a lot of sport or go running regularly. Injury to the Plantar Fascia is also common among the elderly as your muscles simply wear out over time through every day use.

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.

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Treating A Painful Plantar Fascia Effectively

Once you’ve established that you’ve got Plantar Fasciitis, you’ll need to take steps to reduce the pain and prevent further damage to your Plantar Fascia. One of the most highly recommended options for treating a painful Plantar Fascia is an orthotic insole. This will correct your posture, by re-aligning the foot, ankle and lower leg muscles. Many people with pain in their Plantar Fascia are simply suffering from fallen arches, where the arch of the foot flattens when you walk, which can easily be corrected by wearing the right orthotic insoles.

 

 

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There are a variety of options available for orthotic treatment. You can have a custom-made insole by visiting your GP, or podiatrist, or you can simply purchase standard orthotics for arch correction. Custom made devices are usually more expensive and are often unnecessary, as several studies have found that Plantar Fascia pain can be relieved just as effectively with a standard orthotic. Failing to address a fallen arch can cause many problems later on in life, including knee and hip problems due to misalignment and strain on the muscles.

As well as wearing your orthotics every time you go out, whether you are going to be exercising or simply going shopping, you might need to complete some stretching exercises to strengthen the muscles. If you have a severe Plantar Fascia injury and it is too painful to walk, you should limit the time you spend moving around to give your muscles time to heal. Taking anti-inflammatory pain relief medication, and applying ice to the painful area, is another solution to help reduce pain in your Plantar Fascia after exercising.

Stretching Exercises For Plantar Fasciitis

There are a number of useful stretching exercises you can do to help alleviate the pain caused by Plantar Fasciitis and other foot complaints.

In extreme cases, an operation may be necessary to help your damaged Plantar Fascia heal. However, for most people with Plantar Fasciitis, this is not necessary and other treatment methods will always be taken first.

To prevent damage to your muscles when exercising, you’ll need to make sure that you are stretching properly and wearing shoes with an appropriate amount of support for your ankles and heels. If you have any questions or simply seeking advice, please do feel free to contact us.