Plantar fasciitis is essentially inflammation and strain of the plantar fascia ligament. This ligament attaches at the heel bone and is the longest ligament in the body. It runs from the heel all the way to the toes. It’s very long, wide, and thick; every step we take exerts tension on the plantar fascia.
Unfortunately, the plantar fascial can get strained very easily for multiple reasons. According to a number of different sources, about 3 million people a year get plantar fasciitis. I see several people per week with this condition.
There are many different theories as to its cause. Flatter arches place more tension on the plantar fascia leading to strain, inflammation, and pain. Being overweight, overuse, unsupportive shoes, and careers that involve a lot of standing are all possible causes of plantar fasciitis.
Plantar fasciitis is more common in the heel than it is in the arch. Both can be incredibly easy to heal, and also frustratingly difficult depending on the case. The longer a person waits to have it treated, the greater the chance the latter is true.
There is not a one size fits all treatment for this condition. Plantar fasciitis, when addressed early enough can respond favorably to stretching, arch supports, and over-the-counter anti-inflammatories. Plantar fasciitis not addressed until after three months of pain often requires more aggressive remedies.
A Google search for plantar fasciitis remedies can easily take you down many rabbit holes. There are a lot of treatment methods, but not all work for everyone. Your feet and plantar fascia are unique. You may get no relief from stretching, whereas a friend of yours could have. It is imperative to get an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan for your specific scenario.
The ultimate goal with this condition, as it is with every condition, is to do everything necessary to avoid surgery. Surgery involves cutting the plantar fascia ligament, which can destabilize your foot. Whether it is your first episode or a recurrent episode, have us treat it as early in its onset as possible.