Plantar fasciitis is the name for what we call it as the inflammation of the plantar fascia. Plantar Fascia is the tissue that cushions your heel bone and connects your heels all the way to your toes. Plantar fasciitis is the self-restricting condition that, as the name itself suggests, is the common reason for the heel pain in adults.
So common that it affects more than around 1 million people and only two-third of people go forward with the treatment and seek help from the physicians or podiatrists in that matter. Most common with the desk-bound or athletic population, diabetes, obesity, foot pronation along with the excessive running and extended-standing can be the causes and risk factors for the Plantar Fasciitis.
One can understand the cause of pain in their feet being Plantar fasciitis by the following symptoms:-
- Sharp stinging pain in your feet right after you hit the floor after waking up in the morning.
- The stabbing feeling after you stand up after prolonged sitting. Or sharp pain just behind the arch in the heel.
This can be because of wearing footwear with uncomfortable or uneven soul support as well. The healthcare sector and podiatry have developed a lot with the diagnostic advancements and treatments that have been designed for the people suffering so that they can get rid of this pain.
The diagnosis is basically made after the physical examination and checking the medical history of the patient. Most people experience this heel pain as we discussed for the above-mentioned reasons. Patients might walk with their affected foot in a nagged position and also might assess the tightness of Achilles tendon. If it is diagnosed initially, you will not be needing the diagnostic imaging. Also, the need for ultrasonography, usually inexpensive process is used to cross out the soft tissue pathology or medical resonance although expensive, the technology is needed only for the refractory cases, mostly to cross out the other heel or foot disorders. Increased thickness and abnormal tissue plantar fascia is the reason for the diagnosis of plantar fasciitis.
Plantar Fasciitis Treatment:-
According to the New West Podiatry, plantar fasciitis is a condition that will improve within one year. Treatment or no treatment. But it is recommended to take extreme care of the foot or the condition can further get worse as well. Many people cannot bear the pain that hovers all the time on their foot. So they often seek medical help. Though there is various plantar fasciitis treatment devised for the same. Not much evidence is gathered backing the effectiveness of these treatments. Basic treatments usually start with the patient primary therapies, and a podiatrist prescribed modalities. This is highly based on how well the patient’s symptoms react towards the treatment and whether there is any type of improvement or not, or if there is, then how quick do they respond on the treatments.
90% of the patients recover with this primary treatment therapies, however it is important that you wear custom orthotics as they can highly support your condition.