Plantar fasciitis is most commonly caused by strain injury causing microtears to the ligament as it attaches to the heel bone or other areas of tightness on the sole of the foot. The plantar fascia is the largest ligament in the human body and the main symptoms include:
- heel pain
- foot pain
The sole of the foot is referred to as the plantar area, so therefore Plantar fasciitis is a chronic local inflammation of the “bowstring-like” ligament stretching underneath the sole, also referred to as the plantar fascia, that attaches at the
What Causes Plantar Fasciitis?
Plantar fasciitis is most commonly caused by repetitive strain injury to the ligament of the sole of the foot. Such strain injury can be from excessive running or walking, inadequate footgear, and jumping injury from landing.
Ultimately, it is treated by measures that decrease the associated inflammation and avoid reinjury so staying off your feet is important, but if you must stand, following these basic rules can help you heal up quicker (pun intended):
- Since fasciitis is an inflammation, icing and elevation help in reducing blood flow to the affective area.
- Wearing good support in both shoes and insoles will prevent excess movement in your foot while you stand. You’ll want to stay away from anything soft and squishy, or walking barefoot, which only prolongs the injury. For example, when you have a bad back, you don’t want to sleep on the softest mattress. Rather, look for something that provides stability.
- Compression sleeves or socks can help support and localize pressure to reduce inflammation.
- And Anti-inflammation creams can help along with having a diet rich in calcium, magnesium, and Vitamin C.