When someone mentions that they are struggling with foot pain, one of the first comments they’ll hear it that it’s probably plantar fascia pain. But very few people actually know what the plantar fascia is or why it hurts.
The plantar fascia is made up of fibrous connective tissue that is found in the arch of the foot and blends into the Achilles tendon. It is important in providing stability for the foot during activity especially when weight bearing.
Often the plantar fascia will become painful when it has been overloaded causing the tissues to become sensitive and swollen. Overloading can be caused by long periods of standing or walking/running. High BMI can also lead to overloading of the plantar fascia tissue.
Common symptoms of plantar fascia pain include foot pain with the first steps in the morning or after a period of inactivity, tenderness to touch the heel or arch of the foot, pain with barefoot walking and pain with stair climbing.
Plantar fascia pain can last between three-nine months depending on the amount of pain you are experiencing. This type of condition responds well to a gradual loading/strengthening program to increase the resilience of the plantar fascia to loading during everyday activities. Good footwear can also help ease plantar fascia symptoms.
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