Our feet are highly important for our balance and posture, and due to the large number of bones and joints they contain, they help us perform numerous daily activities. However, most of us rarely pay attention to our feet. Not caring for their health can significantly harm our mobility and overall wellbeing and leave us unable to perform numerous important activities.
What is plantar fasciitis?
This condition occurs due to inflammation in the plantar fascia, an important ligament located in the feet. It connects the bottom of our feet and the heel bone with the toes, while also supporting the arch of our foot. The plantar fascia ligament also helps us walk. Plantar fasciitis is a pretty serious condition which can immobilize you, which is why everyone’s looking for a way to resolve it quickly.
Furthermore, plantar fasciitis can also be very painful. It’s at it’s worst when you take a few steps or after lying down, standing or sitting for too long. In general, the condition affects people between 40-70 and the risk factors are being overweight, obesity, Achilles tendon inflammation, flat feet or high arches. The condition is pretty expensive to treat, and costs the USA more than $350 million annually.
Treatment and prevention
Although it may seem scary, plantar fasciitis can be prevented with a few simple lifestyle changes. You should always wear proper footwear with good shock absorption and proper arch support as well. Avoid walking or running on surfaces such as concrete, as it may cause foot and heel pain.
Additionally, towel stretches, toe and calf stretches can reduce the pain, especially when done in the morning after getting up from bed. Performing the stretches on a regular basis will reinforce the muscles that support your arch and help the plantar fascia ligament stay flexible. The stretches are a far better treatment than painkillers or other types of drugs which often have a variety of adverse side-effects.
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