Facts on Plantar Fasciitis
WHAT IS PLANTAR FASCIITIS?
- Plantar Fasciitis is the most common Foot Ailment in India
- It is also better known as Calcaneal Spur Syndrome
- The plantar fascia is a broad band of tissue that is present at the bottom surface of the foot and connects the heel bone to the toes of the foot. It helps in maintaining the arch of the foot.
- Plantar fasciitis is the inflammation of this ligament due to excessive stretching resulting in arch pain & heel pain. Consult your CuraFoot doctor for a thorough diagnosis.
WHAT CAUSES PLANTAR FASCIITIS?
- When the plantar fascia gets stretched it results in inflammation at its insertion in the heel and hence we have heel pain
- The pain is most common in the morning when we take the first few steps or after getting up from a period of rest, say after a meeting
- This happens because the plantar fascia during the period of rest goes back to its original contracted position and once a person starts walking it gets stretched again resulting in pain
Plantar fasciitis is commonly seen in:
- Overpronators /Flat Feet: This is the most common cause. The arch collapses upon weight bearing resulting in the plantar fascia getting stretched at the heel
- Overuse & incorrect footwear: People who overuse their feet due to long stretches of walking, standing, running or excessive exercising wearing incorrect footwear.
- Obesity: Extra weight causes extra pressure on the feet which can develop into plantar fasciitis.
- High arched feet: This causes the plantar fascia to stretch while standing
HOW TO HELP PREVENT AND RELIEVE PAIN FROM PLANTAR FASCIITIS?
There are some steps you can take to help prevent pain in the arch of your foot. For example:
- The first step in treating Plantar fasciitis is in preventing the plantar fascia from over stretching and by offloading the heel pressure.
- Heel pressure can be offloaded by using CuraFoot Heel Protectors which work by cushioning the heel.
- We also strongly recommend CuraFoot’s proprietary Arch Support insoles with deep heel cup
- Enhanced arch support works by reducing over stretching of the Plantar Fascia.
- Deep heel cup works by offloading the painful part of the heel so that there is reduced pressure on the plantar fascia