What is Plantar Fasciitis?

What is Plantar Fasciitis  Heel Pain

Have you ever woken up and gotten out of bed to a sharp pain on the bottom of your heel? If the answer is yes, you're not alone. On average, 10 percent of the United States population (30-plus million) will, at some point in their life, develop plantar fasciitis. This injury can limit your ability to walk or stand for prolonged periods of time, which can be very debilitating.

As we walk and move in everyday life, soft tissues (muscles, tendons and fascial connective tissue) tighten due to the demands placed upon them. The bottom of the foot is one of the most common areas involved with this movement and tightening response. Too much tension along the bottom of the feet may result in inflammation and irritation, leading to pain and functional limitation.

Runners tend to be more prone to plantar fasciitis due to the repetitive stress placed on the foot during running. Therefore, having proper fitting shoes that provide the right support is one of the number one recommendations to prevent the likelihood of this condition.

Rest, ice and stretching are the most common forms of treatment for this condition, but in certain cases, plantar fasciitis requires evaluation and treatment by a trained professional.

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