A common problem with feet that many people will face is plantar fasciitis. It has been described as a pain or burning sensation in the bottom of the foot that may be sharp or dull depending on the degree of the problem. What exactly is plantar fasciitis, and how is it treated?
What is Plantar Fasciitis?
We all have a web of ligaments that connect our heal to the front of our foot called plantar fascia ligaments. They act as shock absorbers when we walk. Over time, these ligaments can get tiny tears or simply wear out causing inflammation and pain in the foot. Athletes often suffer from this condition as do people who are active in their jobs such as servers, or people who could lose some weight. Pregnant women may experience plantar fasciitis because of rapid weight gain. Plantar fasciitis is often experienced when first getting out of bed in the morning.
How is Plantar Fasciitis Treated?
Icing the foot several times a day and wearing arch supports or special shoes can treat the problem. Steroids and anti-inflammatory drugs may be prescribed as well as physical therapy. More advanced treatment may include procedures such as Platelet Rich Plasma Treatments. It is a regenerative process for repairing damaged ligaments.
If you are experiencing symptoms of plantar fasciitis, talk to your health care professional. They may refer you to a sports medicine clinic or pediatrist to have your feet x-rayed and examined for other problems that could be causing your pain. But pain should not be overlooked as it could effect other systems such as balance and coordination.
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Advanced Healing Institute
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