Plantar Fasciitis

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Plantar fasciitis is a condition where the underside of the heel swells and aches.  Athletes, middle-aged people and those who are overweight are the ones often affected with this disorder.  Regular movement of the feet like walking and running causes this.

Continuous inward rolling of the foot which is called, in medical terms, pronation when walking is the cause of plantar fasciitis.  This can be caused also by wrong type or size of shoes, walking and/or running on rugged or uneven surfaces or roads or walkways, and tight calf muscle.  The moment a patient encounters plantar fasciitis, the feet will have heel spur.  Heel spur is the build-up of calcium to the area where plantar fasciitis is.  But it must be remembered that though the feet experiences heel spur, this cannot be the immediate cause of plantar fasciitis.

There are home treatments that can be helpful to treat the said disorder.  Here are a few:

  1. Lessen your heavy work loads when you have plantar fasciitis.  If the patient is an athlete, he is advised to take a rest for a few days.
  2. Use ice packs to ease the pain.
  3. Use non-prescription arch support inside the shoes.
  4. Do not walk barefoot even inside the house.  Walk with shoes on or use arch supporting sandals when walking.
  5. Aspirin or ibuprofen can lessen the pain that is felt.
  6. Do some stretching for the calf muscles so that plantar fasciitis can be treated fast.

If the patient gets fever because of plantar fasciitis, or the pain becomes unbearable and prolonged even without doing anything, or it has not been treated or cured after two weeks, it is beter to consult an specialist.


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