Treating Heel Pain: Plantar Fasciitis

Published: 2011-11-15 10:26:58
Author: Posted by JessSheff

By far, the most common cause of heel pain,plantar fasciitis, is inflammation of the plantar fascia, the tendon that runs along the bottom of your foot and around your heel. The plantar fascia tissue contributes to supporting the arch in the foot and distributing body weight across the foot. The plantar fascia bears up to 14% of the pressure exerted on the foot. When the plantar fascia becomes inflamed, doctors term the condition plantar fasciitis. Plantar fasciitis is often associated with abnormalities of the foot’s structure, such as high arches (pes cavus) andflat feet. Environmental factors can also cause plantar fasciitis – whether running on pavement or in worn out shoes, running long distances or increasing our training too quickly, or even by experiencing sudden weight gain, we can put undue strain on our plantar fascia.


For an effective plantar fasciiits treatment strategy, first consult Dr. Murray andDr. Changto target the causes of your injury. Many treatment strategies exist for plantar fasciitis, but the treatment plan that you adopt should be specific to your individual injury. Do you have flat feet, and therefore would benefit from wearing orthotics, supportive shoes and doing foot-strengthening exercises? Do you have a heel spur that is causing your plantar fasciitis? Have you increased your training too rapidly, in which case you should take some rest days until the inflammation and pain recede and then reconsider how you ramp up your training plan? And what about the surfaces that you are regularly running on? Your everyday footwear? Lifestyle changes such as sudden weight gain? Do you have other possible conditions, deformities of the foot, or injuries to which your plantar fascia may be responding? In short, there is no one-way to treat plantar fasciitis. Without considering the cause of your own injury, it is unlikely that you will heal from it without reoccurrence.

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