What is it?
The plantar fascia is a piece of strong and thick tissue that runs along the bottom of the foot. It connects the heel bone to the toes, creating the foot’s arch. Plantar fasciitis is inflammation of the plantar fascia, either through overstretching, overuse or a medical condition.
What are the symptoms?
The main symptom of plantar fasciitis is pain under the heel, which can be dull or sharp. The foot sole may ache or burn and your heel may be slightly swollen. The pain is often worse: * in the morning, as you take your first steps * after prolonged standing or sitting * after intense activity
- Physical therapy is an integral part of treatment and heel stretching exercises are recommended.
- As the condition is indicative of a stress injury, whether resulting from overuse or lack of exercise, rest is absolutely essential for healing to take place.
- Your footwear may also need to be changed, as it is important for you to only wear shoes that provide good support and cushioning.
- It may also help to use felt pads or a heel cup to protect the feet.
- Ice is one of the most commonly used natural remedies for plantar fasciitis and you can simply apply an ice pack to the area for around fifteen to twenty minutes at a time.
- Refrain from any vigorous activities.
- Don’t wear uncomfortable foot wear.
Things to watch out for
GP or a podiatrist (foot problems specialist) can be contacted if you’ve had persistent heel pain for a number of weeks.