Taking care of your Plantar Fascia
Are you a big runner? One who always go out for a morning exercise almost every day? Or maybe you are an athlete who always faces extreme training. Then if you are experiencing heel pain from running, maybe you have PF or plantar Fasciitis. It is extremely difficult to have this because it gets weak, swollen, and irritated (inflamed). Then your heel or the bottom of your foot hurts when you stand or walk.
Plantar fasciitis is common in middle-aged people. It also occurs in younger people who are on their feet a lot, like athletes or soldiers. It can happen in one foot or both feet. In addition, people who are overweight and those who wear shoes with inadequate support have an increased risk of PF. It commonly causes stabbing pain that usually occurs with your first steps in the morning. As you get up and move more, the pain normally decreases, but it might return after long periods of standing or after rising from sitting.
Factors why people are at risk at having PF
Activities that place a lot of stress on your heel and attached tissue; such as long-distance running, ballistic jumping activities, ballet dancing and aerobic dance, can contribute to an earlier onset of plantar fasciitis. People who work at factories, teachers and others who spend most of their work hours walking or standing on hard surfaces can damage their plantar fascia. Also, extra pounds can put extra stress on your heel. Being flat-footed, having a high arch or even having an abnormal pattern of walking can affect the way weight is distributed when you’re standing and add damage to their PF.
How can you be diagnosed?
When you visit your doctor, he/she will watch you walk. Your past health, including what illnesses or injuries you have had, your symptoms, such as where the pain is and what time of day your foot hurts most and how active you are and what types of physical activity you do. It is important to answer all questions honestly because the doctor might diagnose you wrong. In severe cases, you might be asked to take an x-ray to find out if you have damaged any bones on your foot.
Treatments to stop the aching of your feet
Many use the traditional treatment like putting ice for several months and resting. But it’s not enough especially if you have torn some ligaments in there. Some may take medications such as ibuprofen in order to ease the pain. But in order to fully heal your PF, a physical therapist can instruct you in a series of exercises to stretch the plantar fascia and Achilles tendon and to strengthen lower leg muscles, which stabilize your ankle and heel. A therapist might also teach you to apply athletic taping to support the bottom of your foot.Your physical therapist or doctor might also recommend that you wear a splint that stretches your calf and the arch of your foot while you sleep. This holds the plantar fascia and Achilles tendon in a lengthened position overnight and facilitates stretching.
It is difficult to have plantar fasciitis mainly because you use your feet every day in everything that you do. You might need to get that heel checked out if you think that you’re having some problems with your feet. Do not prolong it.