Plantar Fasciitis can happen to anyone mostly middle aged people, but even children aren’t exempt.
The most common victims of Plantar Fasciitis are soldiers, athletes, mall personnel like security guards and sales clerks who are required to stand all day.
Plantar Fasciitis happens for any of the following reasons:
- When the person is overweight
- When he wears old or ill-fitting shoes
- When he has tight Achilles or calf muscles
- Pronation which is a condition in which the plantar fascia doesn’t transfer weight evenly from the heel to the ball of the foot when you walk.
- Overworking of the feet – such as those whose jobs or activities require using the feet without resting them for long periods
- Trauma or some past accident or disease
Defined, Plantar Fasciitis is the inflammation, weakening, irritation, or damage of the Plantar Fascia which results in heel pain. The Plantar Fascia is that flat, strong and elastic ligament that connects the heel to the toes. It is that fibrous tissue that supports the arch of the foot. It carries the stress of walking or running and standing all day.
Hence, when there is (even tiny) tearing of this ligament, usually from repeated straining, it becomes difficult to walk especially when getting out of bed in the morning. But heel pain can also happen when climbing stairs or when standing for long periods. Straining is also caused by any of the conditions described above.
When left untreated, the tears in the Plantar Fascia ligament can cause calcium buildup which can result in bone spurs or heel spurs and therefore more severe heel pain.
Plantar Fasciitis Treatment
By visiting a Plantar Fasciitis Melbourne specialist, you will be asked questions like when and where your feet hurt, or whether or not your feet sustained injuries in the past and what physical activities you are engage in.
You will be observed as you stand and walk and may be required that you take an x-ray, ultrasound of your feet in order to rule out fracture, or made to undergo a digital pressure test. Plantar Fasciitis treatment requires a thorough evaluation because not all patients respond to the same remedies.
Thus at Plantar Fasciitis Melbourne, your specialist will want to identify the cause of the heel pain in order to determine if a change in lifestyle is necessary, what exercises, drugs, orthotics and tests are necessary or applicable.
Plantar Fasciitis Treatment (Quick Remedies):
It is best to come visit us. Our doctors may recommend certain stretching exercises for Plantar Fasciitis to strengthen the muscles in the area or will advise the patient to keep away from further stressing the heels.
Allow us to start a treatment program for you. The sooner you come visit us, the more we can make the program work for you and the less chances of further injury.