FOOT STREET PODIATRY

HEEL PAIN

PLANTAR FASCIITIS

Plantar Fasciitis is one of the most common causes of heel pain.
Commonly known as plantar fasciitis, also known as Plantar fasciopathy or jogger's heel. This pain usually creeps up on you, but it can come on suddenly and severely. It tends to be worse in the mornings; this is when the fascia is stiff. Although both feet can be affected, it is more likely to affect only one foot. In severe cases, the foot will most likely hurt all the time; this interferes with daily activities, whether you are standing at work, going for a run, or walking for pleasure, heel pain can impact upon your ability to perform. If left undiagnosed a bony spur may develop. The sooner your foot pain is seen to the quicker you will return to activity. However, it is unusual for the bony spur to be the cause of the pain; it is usually the result of structural deterioration.

Plantar fasciitis affects people from all walks of life; here are some of the factors that may increase your risk:  Age. With ageing the plantar fascia loses some of its elasticity and is unable to function as well. The fat padding, covering the heel bone atrophies and is unable to absorb ground reactive forces, which results in a bruised heel bone leading to pain. Physical Activity. Walking, running, dancing, weight lifting, martial arts, football, or cricket. If your heel or foot hurts get is examined. Shoes. Thin soled shoes which lack shock absorbing materials, poor arch support, poor fit, loose around your heels, or that old favorite pair of worn out shoes you should have thrown out last year can be harming your feet. Weight. Among non-athletic populations, foot pain can be associated with obesity, excessive weight gain increases pressure on your feet. Poor biomechanics. Those with plantar fasciitis often have decreased dorsiflexion of the ankle, due to tightness of the gastrocnemius muscle or Achillies tendon. A symptom commonly recognised among suffers of plantar fasciitis is an increased probability of knee pain. More common in runners.

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