Plantar Fasciitis Explained

Plantar Fasciitis is a very painful mechanical condition in the heel. Pronounced 'plant-are fash-ee-eye-tis', the term refers to an inflammation of the plantar (bottom) fascia (fibrous tissue).

The plantar fascia has an important role in the function of the foot. It is a ligament composed of fibrous bands of tissue that attaches to the heel and runs the length of the foot to the toes (on the bottom of the foot).

The fascia acts as a rubber band; it stretches and contracts in accordance with the activity of the foot. So, when the plantar fascia becomes inflamed, that is the pain. The fascia is damaged - torn.

Woman StretchingThis happens with runners, dancers, people who are on their feet for hours, and overweight people...all of these descriptions can lead to plantar fasciitis.

People who have a mechanical problem with the way their feet function can develop plantar fasciitis. For example, abnormal pronation of the feet creates abnormal stress and over time can inflame the tissue.

A lot of people notice it hurts a lot in the morning and may resolve with several footsteps or within the first couple of hours after rising. The ligament has been contracted all night and the morning stretch aggravates it.

The good news? Most of these cases can be resolved with the right treatment, as explained in this video:

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Initially, perform foot stretching exercises. Also determine if the problem is mechanical by screening for abnormal foot pronation.

Remember that the cause of foot pronation can stem from the spine, hips, knees, or ankles. Your feet are often where the symptoms are manifested.