Plantar Fasciitis and Bone Spurs
Plantar fascia is a long, thin ligament that underneath the skin on the bottom of your foot. It is joint from the heel to the front of your foot, supporting the arch of your foot.
Plantar fasciitis happens when the strong band of tissue that supports the arch of your foot becomes irritated and inflamed.
What causes plantar fasciitis:
The plantar fascia is designed to take in the high level stresses and strains we place on our feet. Occasionally, where the level of stress exceed the limit, it damages or tears the tissues. As the body’s nature reacted to the wound is inflammation, which results in heel pain and stiffness of plantar fasciitis.
Usually the case and without any reason plantar fasciitis is develop. Yet many circumstances are proven that you could be prone to the condition:
- Tighter calf muscles that make it difficult to flex your foot and bring your toes up toward your shin
- Very high arch
- Repetitive impact activity (running/sports)
- New or increased activity
Many people thinks that heel spurs is one of the cause for plantar fasciitis pain, but it was said otherwise, though many people with plantar fasciitis have heel spurs. 1 out of 10 people has heel spurs, but only 1 out of 20 people who has heel spurs has foot pain. Heel spurs not being the casue of plantar fasciitis, the pain can be treated without removing the spurs.
The most common symptoms of plantar fasciitis include:
- Pain on the bottom of the foot near the heel
- Pain with the first few steps after getting out of bed in the morning, or after a long period of rest, such as after a long car ride. The pain subsides after a few minutes of walking
- Greater pain after (not during) exercise or activity