Plantar fasciitis can be a terribly painful condition if you have it. With this condition, the thick tissue on the bottom of your foot get inflamed. This tissue is called the plantar fascia. It connects your toes to your heel bone. And it actually create the arch of your foot. When that tissue gets overused or overstretched, the result is plantar fasciitis.
When you get plantar fasciitis, the result is excruciating pain in your heel when you wall. Sometimes people think they have a heel spur and later discover the pain is due to plantar fasciitis.
Now, plantar fasciitis most commonly affects men between the ages of 40 and 70, but anyone can get it. Here are the risk factors that make you more prone to get plantar fasciitis:
- Flat feet
- High arches
- Sudden weight gain
- Tight Achilles tendon (connects your heel and calf muscles)
- Wearing shoes with soft soles
- Wear shoes with poor arch support
- Long distance running (especially if downhill or on surfaces that are uneven)
The pain from plantar fasciitis can take a while to develop or come on at maximum intensity all of a sudden. Commonly it is worse in the morning and when you have been sitting or standing for an excessive period. You can also notice it when you are climbing stairs or if you have just finished an intense activity.
Plantar Fasciitis Treatment
If you go to the doctor for plantar fasciitis pain, you will likely be told to take some over the counter pain medication, stay off your feet and get some good support shoes. You can also ice it to relieve the pain and do some heel stretching exercises. It generally takes about a week to get over the pain of plantar fasciitis completely.
Since it is difficult to stay off your feet for an entire week, I suggest getting a good pair of support slippers for the house and some running sneakers with good arch support for the rest of the time. That is what I did when I got plantar fasciitis four years ago and the pain has never returned.
I have flat feet, which is why I got plantar fasciitis. The floors in my home are hardwood, which is rough on my flat feet. I credit my support slippers with keeping me pain free. I never go around the house without them on.