Plantar Fasciitis: What Is It?

Have you heard the term plantar fasciitis? Well, if you experience heel pain, chances are likely it could be plantar fasciitis. This condition is among the most common types of heel pain and it is treatable, either at-home, with medication, or with corrective surgery.

Plantar Fasciitis: What Is It?

Plantar fasciitis is quite common in middle aged people because it’s a flattening of the ligament connecting your heel bone to your toes. When this tissue weakens, or it swells, or inflames, it causes pain when you walk. The most common causes of plantar fasciitis are:

● Inward foot rolling when walking.
● High arches.
● Flat feet.
● Being overweight.
● Wearing shoes that do not fit.
● Wearing shoes that are worn out with less padding.
● Tight Achilles tendons.
● Tight calf muscles.

Plantar Fasciitis Treatments

If you experience plantar fasciitis or pain in your heels, you can do the following:

● Wear the right sized shoes.
● Wear comfortable insoles.
● Do toe stretches and calf stretches.
● Wear custom orthotics.
● Wear a night splint.
● Wear a walking cast.

The good news is, about 95 percent of all people who suffer from plantar fasciitis treat their heel pain without having to undergo any type of surgery. Of course, see a foot doctor if you begin to suffer from plantar fasciitis. You might need more extensive treatment or even surgery.