What You Need to Know about Plantar Fasciitis

Couple_runningIf you’ve ever experienced heel pain, there is a good chance that you already have experience of Plantar Fasciitis, you may even know all about it, or you could just be hobbling your way through the day hoping that ‘it just goes away’. While you should always speak to a trained physician about medical matters, a little knowledge can help understand more about the condition.

Causes

Although plantar fasciitis has been linked to individuals with a high body mass index figure, it is generally more commonly found in runners or people who are on their feet for extended periods. A general rule of thumb to help diagnose this condition is to stand on tip-toe; a heel spur or stress fracture should feel better, while a plantar fasciitis sufferer should feel more discomfort.

Treatment

Usually, with a little exercise and gentle manipulation, the condition should go away, there are a number of home exercises that are known to help, and they are all worth trying if you feel the discomfort is too much to bear. Getting advice from a professional should always be your priority, they will diagnose your condition correctly and will be able to help with the treatment, even when home based.

General

As already stated, getting professional advice is a must, but in the meantime, there are some basics that may help relieve the pain. Investing in a quality pair of running shoes will help with easing the pain, as will resting the foot. Simple exercises such as rolling a cylindrical object under the arch of the foot also help.

If you’d like to know more about the causes, treatments and effects of plantar fasciitis, why not talk to one of our professionals here at Premier Foot and Ankle. To book an appointment, contact us online or call us at 972-424-8999.

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