Treat Your Feet to Avoid Plantar Fasciitis

What is Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is the most common cause of heel pain and affects 10 per cent of the population. The foot has a fibrous band, called fascia, which connects the heel bone to the base of the toes. When this band becomes inflamed it can result in pain and make walking difficult. Plantar fasciitis affects both men and women, but more so women and has little to do with genetics other than in having flat feet, high arches or a tight achilles tendon. Causes are mainly related to lifestyle choices such as:

  • Excessive exercise, especially long-distance running, or on downhill and uneven surfaces.
  • Sudden weight gain, obesity.
  • Wearing shoes with poor arch support.
  • Wearing shoes that don’t fit or are worn out.
  • Sudden change in physical activities.
  • Working in jobs with prolonged standing.
  • Slow damage (micro-tears) over many months to tissue.

By the Numbers

  • An estimated 1 one in 10 people will develop plantar fasciitis in their lifetime.
  • 70 per cent of plantar fasciitis patients are obese.
  • Plantar fasciitis patients account for between 11 per cent and 15 per cent of people who seek professional care for chronic heel pain.

Do you have Plantar Fasciitis?

Many people experience cramping or pain after working out, but how do you know if it’s something more serious? If you have been experiencing heel pain for a period of weeks a podiatrist. The pain associated with plantar fasciitis flares up more commonly:

  • In the morning.
  • After extended standing.
  • After working out.
  • While walking or running.
  • While climbing stairs.
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