If You Suffer From Foot Pain, You Need To Learn About Plantar Fasciitis

Every person knows exactly how daunting foot pain can be. Whether you've stubbed your toe, broken a bone, or have weak arches, the chances are you've suffered from some kind of pain in your feet at some point in your life. Although chronic foot pain can affect anyone, athletes and people who have jobs that require them to be on their feet all day are especially at risk of causing strain.
 

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To better understand foot pain, let's look briefly at foot anatomy. The plantar fascia is an important ligament in your foot that connects your heel with your toes. When you create strain in your feet, you can develop small tears in your plantar fascia, which leads to inflammation and pain. Plantar fasciitis can make simple walking painful, so it's really important to get this condition under control so you can live without pain.
 

What Are The Symptoms Of Plantar Fasciitis?

If you experience any of the following symptoms, you may have plantar fasciitis:

-Foot pain or tenderness localized in your heel
-Warm and swollen sole
-If more serious, you may also have a heel spur
-Your foot pain worsens upon standing after sitting for a long period
-Your foot pain also increases the longer you're on your feet
 

What Are The Risk Factors?

Some people are at more risk of developing plantar fasciitis. You're more likely if you fall into any of the following categories:

-You are 40-60 years old
-You are an athlete
-You are overweight
-You have very flat feet or highly arched feet
-You commonly wear shoes that don't support your feet
-Your job requires you to be on your feet all day
 

How Can You Treat Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is very manageable. Treatment may include one or a combination of the following:

-OTC pain medication
-Physical therapy
-Steroid injections
-Splints and orthopedic inserts for your shoes
-Ice massages
-If prior treatments don't work, surgical options are also available
 

Foot pain is no joke! You may not think foot pain is a big deal, but it can severely impact the quality of your life, which is why getting to a doctor immediately is the best thing you can do for yourself. The sooner you treat your foot pain and correct any issues, the sooner you can feel better and prevent further damage.

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Our content is created to the best of our knowledge, yet it is of general nature and cannot in any way substitute an individual consultation with your doctor. Your health is important to us!