Plantar Fasciitis is one of the most common causes of heel pain.  It is a very painful inflammation of the plantar fascia which is the connective tissue that runs across the bottom of the foot and connects from heel bone to toes and provides shape and stability to the foot’s arch. It is estimated that 1 in 10 people will develop Plantar Fasciitis during their lifetime, which is more common in middle-aged obese females and young male athletes.  If you are a part of this 10% (Or you think you are) then this article is for you! Here’s everything you need to know about Plantar Fasciitis:

Common Symptoms:

Plantar fasciitis typically causes a sharp stab pain in the middle of the heel or along the arch. The pain is usually worst in the mornings on the first few steps and increases with activity, although prolonged activity like standing can also provoke higher pain. 

Common Causes:

In athletes, plantar fasciitis tends to strike those who over train with drastic or sudden increase in mileage, poor foot structure, and inappropriate running shoes.

In non-athletes, the most common causes of plantar fasciitis are sudden increase of weight, abrupt rises in physical activity, and insufficient conditioning for desired activity. All of these factors ought to be considered and they may lengthen the overall treatment plan, due to the chronic and degenerative nature of this condition.

Prevention and Treatment Options

Plantar fasciitis can be an irritating problem, which gets worse and more difficult to treat the longer it’s present. To prevent plantar fasciitis, run on soft surfaces, keep mileage increases to no more than 10 percent per week, and visit a specialty running shop to make sure you’re wearing the proper shoes for your foot type and gait. It’s also important to stretch the plantar fascia and Achilles tendon before and after any physical activity.

Foot arch types

In terms of treatment, the available options are: Manual therapy, Arch Supports and Gait Training.  

Kinesio Taping in particular has shown to dramatically reduce pain and prevent compensation injuries. The success may vary depending on the person and on the severity of their individual case of plantar fasciitis. To maximize the amount of relief that can be achieved through plantar fasciitis taping, it is recommended to be used in one or two ways. First, this method can be used as preventive measure to avoid the plantar fascia ligament becoming over stretched during any physical activity. Moreover, for those who may currently be suffering from plantar fasciitis, taping would be most effective when used in combination with other treatment devices that not only are intended to relieve some symptoms in the short term, but also are effective in repairing the condition.

Share with us; Have you ever suffer from Plantar Fasciitis? Did you try Kinesio Taping Therapy? Did you try something else? Tell us how it worked for you. Feel free to leave your feedback and comments here, or on any of our Social Media Channels. Need to know more? You can always e-mail us today. We would like to hear from you!

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