If you’ve ever started running and had foot pain, there’s a significant chance that pain is Plantar Fasciitis. This condition is where the ligaments in your plantar fascia suffer from micro tears. These tears are exacerbated when pressure is placed on the feet — such as in walking or standing.
Activities such as running, jumping, or other activities where there is a lot of pressure placed on the foot make the condition worse.
There are no real ‘cures’ for plantar fasciitis. The only ‘cure’ is to wear shoes for plantar fasciitis that help limit the stress placed on your foot, allowing the micro tears to heal. Other activities like stretching can help as well.
If you are a runner, Plantar Fasciitis can pretty much end your ability to run. It’s a condition that can haunt you and once it does, is very difficult to get rid of.
Here are some of the main treatments for plantar fasciitis.
What Causes Plantar Fasciitis?
There can be a number of factors that contribute to a person developing Plantar Fasciiits: obesity, shoes that do not fit properly, sports, genetics, etc. Athletes who spend a lot of time on their feet are also at risk — runners, soccer players, rugby players, etc. If you are obese, you are more likely to develop Plantar Fasciitis. You could also just be genetically more likely to have the condition.
The bottom line is that there are many influencing factors that can cause PF.
And once you get it, it’s tough to get rid of.
Symptoms of Plantar Fasciitis
You will typically have spiking pains in your heel area of your foot when you put weight on your feet.
Another big sign is when you first wake up in the morning and put weight on your feet, you may suffer from pain in your feet (usually sharp spikes of pain that shoot up your feet in the heel and arch areas).
If you have PF, you’ll know it — the pain will be consistent and aggravating and it will won’t vanish. It’s usually the most severe in the mornings when you first get up. As the day progresses, the pain may reduce somewhat, but it will be there still.
Plantar Fasciitis Treatments
There are a number of treatments for this condition — some may effective for you and some may not be. Keep in mind that the key ingredient to getting rid of plantar fasciitis is a) enough time for the tears to heel, b) wearing some type of footwear that allows your feet to heal while still allowing you mobility. If you see some sort of advertisement that promises you an instant cure, you are being misled — there are no direct ‘cures’ for this condition.
1. Plantar Fasciitis Shoes
These are shoes that control the motion of your foot and prevent excessive weight from being placed in the specific areas that make the micro tears worse.
There are special shoes just for plantar fasciitis, or you can try your luck with a good pair of orthopedic shoes that may help with the condition. There are a number of regular shoe brands (such as New Balance running shoes) that people claim are quite effective at helping with plantar fasciitis. However, you’ll have to try a number of different shoes to see which ones work and which don’t — it’s a trial and error process. What shoes are the best? Well, here is a site that gives good plantar fasciitis shoe recommendations.
2. Plantar Fasciitis Night Splints
Another device that aims to help people with Plantar Fasciitis heal up. The idea behind these are to put your feet in a splint at night to prevent extra weight from being placed in the problem areas, which make the condition worse. If you have PF, it’s worth picking up a night splint — word is that it can be effective in conjunction with other treatments.
To help reduce pain, it’s a good idea to implement some foot stretches in the morning and before you go to bed. This can help reduce plantar fasciitis pain and by stretching your foot ligaments, help prevent additional micro tears from forming in the plantar fascia during the day.
4. Cortisone Injections
One treatment to help manage the pain are cortisone injections in the foot area. This is more of a band-aid than an actual cure however. If you have excessive pain to the point you can’t function in day to day activities, cortisone injections can help you cope temporary. But it won’t cure the problem which is the micro tears in your ligaments.
If your PF condition does not heal, you may have to consider surgery to fix the condition. This is a last ditch effort, but it’s one that if nothing else works, you might have to pursue.
The Final Word
Plantar Fasciitis is a difficult condition and there are no easy cures for it. If you are a runner, you may find you develop a PF condition over time. Not ever person is at risk, but the more you run, the more at risk you may be. There are other factors such as genetics, your weight, how often you stand on your feet, how well your shoes fit, etc, that can lead to Plantar Fasciitis.
The bottom line is that if you have PF, it may take you months to effectively cure the condition. The best solution is to stay off your feet as much as possible and to wear corrective footwear that prevents additional micro tears from happening in your foot, allowing the condition to heal on it’s own. It’s NOT a good idea to continue with heavy activities that put a lot of pressure on your feet. If you are a runner or you like to run a few times a week, you may need to give up this activity entirely until the condition improves.
One thing to note here: if you have plantar fasciitis, you do NOT want to walk around in bare feet. This is one condition where wearing the right shoes allow your foot to properly heal. Walking around in bare feet will only make the problem worse because you will put too much weight on the problem areas on your feet, causing more tears.
How long will it take to heal? It can take weeks, it can take months. For some people, Plantar Fasciitis is a chronic condition and is something that never goes away. Fortunately, for a lot of people who contract this condition, its a temporary condition AS LONG AS IT IS PROPERLY TREATED.
Running and Plantar Fasciiitis — http://www.podiatrytoday.com/keys-to-treating-plantar-fasciitis-in-runners
BeatPlantarFasciitis — a site about plantar fasciitis, cures, treatments, and shoes
Overview about Plantar Fasciitis — http://www.webmd.com/a-to-z-guides/plantar-fasciitis-topic-overview