Plantar Fasciitis Causes & Treatment
What is plantar fasciitis? And, what are the common causes? Discover more about plantar fasciitis and how Neo G could help!
This article reviews the most common symptoms of suffering from plantar fasciitis and the different treatments to manage the pain caused by this condition.
Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common causes of heel pain. This condition occurs when the plantar fascia (a thick band of tissue that runs across the bottom of your foot from your heel bone to your toes) is overloaded. This excess of stress in the tissue results in heel pain and inflammation of the area.
This condition is common in middle-age people, affecting both sedentary and athletic people. Runners and obese people are more likely to suffer from plantar fasciitis due to the weight bearing, overuse and over pronation of the ankle excessively stretching the plantar fascia.
Plantar fasciitis symptoms
Sufferers of plantar fasciitis may experience discomfort in the middle of the heel or along the arch of the foot. The most common symptom is a sharp heel and arch pain in the morning or after a long rest period, once in movement this pain lessens during the day.
An increase in weight bearing may also cause additional strain on the area experiencing swelling along the arch and heel.
Plantar fasciitis causes
The main cause of plantar fasciitis is the lack of support in the arch. However, there are other risk factors that can help develop this condition:
- Overloading the plantar fascia by running long distances or standing for long periods
- Inadequate stretching
- Obesity or an increase in weight
- Tightness of the Achilles tendon
- Flat feet or high arch issues
- Weak plantar flexor and intrinsic muscles of the foot
- Overused or inappropriate shoes
Plantar fasciitis treatment
How to treat plantar fasciitis pain? There are numerous products available for treating plantar fasciitis and here at Neo G we have two specific medical grade products designed to help:
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There are also a number of alternative methods and exercises aimed to help treat the plantar fasciitis symptoms:
- Plantar Fasciitis exercises: stretching techniques for the Achilles tendon and plantar fascia
- Ice therapy on the affected area after doing physical exercise
- Relative rest and activity moderation
- Weight loss for reducing the pressure on the feet
- Wearing proper shoes, especially when running or walking
*Whilst a good support or orthotic insoles can help treat a condition such as Plantar Fasciitis, it’s still a good idea to discuss with your doctor or physiotherapist before utilizing one to make sure it meets your requirements