Plantar fasciitis is the most common cause of foot and heel pain. According to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, 2 million people each year are diagnosed with plantar fasciitis. This number is staggering. Symptoms can range from mild to severe, making even simple activities like walking and standing unbearable. But what is plantar fasciitis, and what can be done?
Fascia is a continuous casing of multiple layers of connective tissue that surrounds and penetrates every muscle, coats every bone, covers every organ, and envelops every nerve and blood vessel. It is flexible and equally sturdy, providing structure for every component in your body. In between the layers of connective tissue is liquid called hyaluronan that allows for optimal sliding and gliding and performance of the tissue. But there are certain things that cause fascia to thicken and become “sticky,” or unable to glide. When this happens around the muscles, it can limit mobility and cause painful knots to develop.
In the case of Plantar Fasciitis, or inflammation of the plantar fascia at the bottom of the foot, symptoms are often not from one triggering event, but repetitive stresses and strains to the plantar fascia over time.
Common symptoms of plantar fasciitis are:
If you are struggling with plantar fasciitis, try these 3 techniques to ease your pain and get you walking the road of recovery, pain-free.
While the above techniques are proven to reduce your pain, long lasting relief can only come from restoring the proper mechanics at your foot and ankle. Exercise to reintroduce proper mobility of and strength of your foot and ankle are extremely important, so important it warrants its own blog post. Click here for: Exercise Yourself Out of Plantar Fascia Pain.
As always, the above recommendations are based on accurately diagnosing the cause of your foot pain. If you are unsure of what is causing your foot pain, please call 661-383-9828 or CLICK HERE to schedule an evaluation with one of our doctors of physical therapy. Our team will diagnose the cause of your pain and guide you on your path to pain-free living.