What is Plantar Fasciitis?
Plantar Fasciitis is a condition affecting the plantar fascia – a thick band of connective tissue which originates on the bottom of the heel bone and extends along the sole of the foot towards the toes. Plantar fasciitis is fairly common and affects about 10% of the population. Long periods of weight-bearing work can be a common cause of plantar fasciitis.
Plantar Fasciitis Pain
The pain from Plantar Fasciitis is usually felt on the bottom of the heel and usually feels worse at the start of the day with your first few steps. Another symptom is the difficulty in bringing your toes forward towards your shin without pain. Runners with plantar fasciitis typically notice increased knee pain.
Treatment for Plantar Fasciitis
There are a many types of treatments available for plantar fasciitis sufferers. They can include rest, stretching, use of night splints, massage therapy, specialized running shoes, physical therapy, specific chiropractic adjustments, orthotics or anti-inflammatory drugs. In more serious cases, surgery might be required to correct plantar fasciitis.