What is Plantar Fasciitis

What is Plantar Fasciitis

What is Plantar Fasciitis ?

Plantar heel pain or plantar fasciitis is a common condition, that occurs due to inflammation of the plantar fascia. The plantar fascia is a ligament that connects the heel to the bottom of the toes, which allows support in the arch.

Overstretching and overuse of the ligament usually causes this inflammation. Heel spurs or excess bone can be associated with plantar fasciitis however, many people can have heel spurs without any pain.

Plantar fasciitis can be caused due to various reasons and a few factors can put individuals at a higher risk of developing the condition. These factors are:-

Most common symptoms of plantar fasciitis are:-

There are various treatments for plantar fasciitis. A more accurate diagnosis from a Podiatrist is important in the early management of plantar fasciitis. The management/ treatment of plantar fasciitis by podiatrists are mainly conservative. These treatments include:-

Not treating plantar fasciitis can result in chronic heel pain, which delays healing and can affect regular day-to-day activities. Chronic heel pain can cause an individual to change the way they walk, to avoid the pain, which can then lead to knee, hip and back problems.