Plantar Fasciitis is a condition that effects more than 2 million Americans each and every year. 1 in 10 of us will develop some form of it within out lifetime. It occurs when the fascia, the muscle at the bottom of your feet cannot handle the stress it’s been put under, however this may be due to a number of reasons.
The Plantar Facia is the muscle connecting the heel bone and the toes that is why our foot has a natural arch in shape. Plantar Fasciitis occurs when too much pressure on the Plantar Facia tissue and in turn we develop it. Too much pressure on the tissue may cause the facia to become inflamed which is the main cause of pain.
What causes Plantar Fasciitis ?
There can be a number of factors that contribute to the development of Plantar Fasciitis, but if any of the following points apply to you, your chances of having it increase.
1. Foot disorders (people who are flat footed.)
2. To much weight on foot
3. To much running/walking.
4. Fast weight gain
5. Short or inflexible Achilles tendon.
6. Wearing the wrong footwear.
7. If you are middle aged (or 40+)
How do I know if I have Plantar Fasciitis?
Well the pretty much deciding factor is if you wake up in the morning with a foot pain, this will be especially sore in the morning on your first few steps and will reappear later in the day, more specifically plantar fasciitis sufferers tend to get heel pain. Some other factors include;
1. If you feel pain in the ball part of your foot.
2. If there is swelling, which may happen on top of your foot or bottom.
3. Signs of redness all over your foot will be another symptom of plantar fasciitis.
4. If you feel that your foot bed is tender than usual.
For more indepth look you can read more on the plantar fasciitis symptoms page. Plantar fasciitis is the inflammation of the plantar fascia, which is the ligament in between the base of the toes and the front of the heel bone that helps support the arch of the feet. It usually causes some severe pain at the bottom of your feet that commonly occurs in the morning. Treatment includes rest and the reduction of inflammation, to find out how to get rid off it please visit our plantar fasciitis treatment section. It shows you important stretches along with other methods to follow in order to get rid of your plantar fasciitis much faster than you would by waiting it out..