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Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar Fasciitis

What is Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is a condition that involves the inflammation of the connective tissue on the soles of the feet. This thick tissue—called the plantar fascia—creates the arch of the foot by connecting the heel bone to the toes. Plantar fasciitis is considered to be the most common complaint related to the foot.

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Plantar Fasciitis: Symptoms

Plantar fasciitis is a condition that involves the inflammation of the connective tissue on the soles of the feet. This thick tissue—called the plantar fascia—creates the arch of the foot by connecting the heel bone to the toes. The most common symptoms of plantar fasciitis is pain and stiffness in the heel and arch of the foot. Pain in the heel may be dull or sharp, and pain in the arch of the foot may ache or burn. Pain from plantar fasciitis is most evident as you take your first steps in the morning when standing after sitting for long periods of time, while climbing stairs, and during and immediately after exercise.
Pain from Plantar Fasciitis is Most Evident:

  • As you take your first steps in the morning
  • When standing after sitting for long periods
  • While climbing stairs
  • During and immediately after exercising

Causes Of The Symptoms:
Who Experiences These Symptoms & How Does It Impact Their Lives?

Plantar fasciitis is considered to be the most common complaint related to the foot and is frequently caused by:

  • Improper or a change in footwear, especially shoes with inadequate arch support or soft soles
  • Repetitive stress on the foot, such as long-distance running, ballet, and aerobic exercise
  • Abnormalities in foot mechanics, such as flat feet, high arches, or abnormal walking patterns
  • Obesity, as greater weight can put additional stress on the plantar fascia
  • Walking or standing on hard surfaces for prolonged periods of time
  • Tight calf muscles and/or Achilles tendon
  • Age; plantar fasciitis is most common in adults between the ages of 40 and 60 years.

Plantar fasciitis can easily interfere with regular activities and make it unbearable to stand or walk for long periods of time. While plantar fasciitis can make walking difficult, it can also cause an imbalance in the way you walk, if left untreated, resulting in knee, hip or back pain, heel spurs, and instability in other areas of the body.

Effective NW Calgary Plantar Fasciitis Treatment

  • Active Release Technique
  • Shockwave Therapy
  • Cold Laser Therapy
  • Graston Technique
  • Custom Foot Orthotics
  • Physical Rehabilitation
  • Kinesio Taping
  • Biomechanical Analysis

Frequently Asked Questions

Plantar fasciitis is fairly common and is caused by, but not limited to:

  • Improper or a change in footwear, especially shoes with inadequate arch support and soft soled shoes
  • Age; plantar fasciitis is common in adults between the ages of 40 and 60
  • Repetitive stress on the foot, such as long-distance running, ballet, and aerobic exercising
  • Abnormalities involving the mechanics of the foot, such as flat-footed, high arch, and abnormal walking pattern
  • Obesity is known to cause extra stress on your plantar fascia
  • Walking or standing on hard surfaces for long periods of time may damage the plantar fascia
  • Tight calf muscles and/or Achilles tendon

The most common symptom of plantar fasciitis is stiffness and pain in the heel and the arch of the foot. Pain in the heel may be dull or sharp; pain in the arch of the foot may ache or burn.

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