What is Plantar Fasciitis?

What is Plantar Fasciitis?

Its hard to ignore that pesky heel pain that comes hand in hand, or foot in foot in this case, with Plantar Fasciitis. This condition occurs when the plantar fascia, which supports the arch of your foot, becomes inflamed or degenerates. It affects a lot of people especially those on their feet all the time – which makes it worse when the heel or arch pain starts.

To get down to the core of it Plantar Fasciitis is an injury to the foot caused by overuse/strain of the plantar fascia – this degeneration and inflammation is a common occurrence in runners and nurses.

As with any foot condition rest will always help and so will the correct footwear – be kind to your feet they do a lot for you!

Plantar Fasciitis is such a stubborn condition sometimes it’s hard to pinpoint what the cause is, causes range from bone spurs and tight calves to flat feet, but it is always important to seek medical advice from a professional for treatment options.

 Want to try some at home treatment?

Just pop your feet on a cold compress for 10-15 minutes two to three times a day to help reduce swelling and discomfort.

Use a handheld massager to massage the arch of the foot to relieve any built-up tension and discomfort – this is great used before the cold compress.

Heel and arch supports are also a great way to relieve some of the pressure on the foot, they also have compression which helps relieve some of the swelling, and these can be worn all the time if needed.

However if you have a very severe form of Plantar fasciitis you may want to go down the route of taking anti inflammatory drugs or other medical treatments provided by your GP to combat a more aggressive form of plantar fasciitis.