Plantar fasciitis. Have you heard of it? Are you currently dealing with this? The fact is that if you don’t have plantar fasciitis, you most likely know someone who does. Through my podiatry practice, I found that 35 out of 96 new patients suffered from plantar fasciitis. I’ve also read reports that between 4-22% of runners have it as well. It is known fact that 10% of the population will develop this condition over the course of their life. So what is this condition that is clocking more than 3 million cases each year? Plantar fasciitis is an inflammation of the thick band of tissue, plantar fascia, that connects the heel bone to the toes. Symptoms of this condition may include stabbing pain near your heel, which may be at its worst in the mornings.
Here’s what we know…
- You are more at risk if:
- You are older
- You are heavier
- You have to stand for long periods of time like for a job
- Those with plantar fasciitis have difficulty flexing your ankle upward
- While studies do not show greater risk if you are female, some researchers have suggested that lower estrogen levels in females will predispose them to this condition
- This condition is usually caused by repetitive motions that eventually leads to deterioration of the plantar fascia
- Plantar fasciitis leads to decreased elasticity, losing range of motion, and decreased shock absorption, causing pain as you walk or when pressure is applied
So what is the cause of plantar fasciitis? Catch us next week on part 2, “Plantar fasciitis, what’s the problem?”.