Plantar Fasciitis


Plantar fasciitis refers to the pain and irritation in the base of the foot, which is your heel. Your heel consists of a ligament, which starts from your heel and extends to front of you foot. The ligament helps keep the arches of your feet firm and strong in order to effectively endure all the daily stress. Plantar fasciitis is the damage to this ligament as a result of extensive weight, pressure or stress on the heels of your feet.


If the ligament, which is known as plantar fascia, is damaged, torn or inflamed, your heel will become overly stiff and will begin to hurt really bad. The pain experienced by individuals varies from mild to burning like sensation.


Your plantar fascia can become inflamed or damaged as a result of the following causes:

Age: Plantar fasciitis occurs in individuals from ages 40 to 60.

Exercises: Certain strength training exercises can also cause your ligament damage in your heel. For example, doing heavy squats exerts an enormous amount of stress and force on your heel, which can quite easily be damaged.

Foot Mechanics: Individuals who have flat fee or have unusual feet mechanics are more prone to developing the disorder.

Obesity: Being overweight not only puts an enormous pressure and strain on the entire body, but a majority of the stress and damage is done to the feet, especially the plantar fascia.


Although plantar fasciitis is a rather long lasting complication, there are treatments to help you manage your pain and make your foot better. Some of the treatments are as follows:

Medications: Popularly medications prescribed to individuals include ibuprofen and other pain killers such as naproxen.

Therapies: There are specially designed equipment and footwear designed to help you overcome this complication. Your physical therapist can help you get over your injury using a series of tendon-strengthening exercises. This may include at home towel stretching.

Orthotics: heel relief things like heel cushions, arch supporters and heel cups may also be prescribed by your doctor.

State-of-the-Art treatments are available at the top Chicago pain management clinics such as Premier Pain & Spine. This may include PRP therapy or stem cell procedures to help alleviate pain and avoid surgery.

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