Plantar Fasciiitis can be a pain, literally. It’s caused by overwhelming stress on the plantar fascia, the tissue which connects our heels with the rest of our feet. The stress can be brought on by many factors, but the most common culprits are flat feet, improperly supported high-arch feet, overuse (such as with activities that constantly require prolonged standing, jogging or running) and being overweight. Even with only these four prime factors, much of the population fall into at least one of these risk factor categories.
Feet are supposed to develop in a way which allows for weight to be distributed evenly across the entire foot, however, that development can get interrupted or, after completion, be altered in some way, due to varying lifestyles and physical demands. When this happens, our feet can become misaligned which allows for uneven distribution of weight on the plantar fascia, and other tissues, joints, muscles or tendons. Then, boom, your feet are aching and you’re not sure quite why, or how, to solve the problem.
Preventing Plantar Fasciitis
Perhaps you heard about Plantar Fasciitis when news broke that NBA Player Furkan Aldemir was suffering from the condition, or, perhaps, you’re reading up on the condition in response to a friend’s recent diagnosis, even more likely, if you meet one of the risk factors above, you’ve been experiencing some unexplained foot pain and you’re wondering if maybe this is the culprit of the discomfort. Whatever the reason, you should know that only a professional, like the podiatrists and staff at the Foot & Ankle Center of Northern Colorado, can make a proper diagnosis and guide you on the right course to recovery. Each person is different and each foot is different, so there is no one treatment that fits all.
Fortunately, if you do not have plantar fasciitis, but are high on the risk factors list, there are certain measures you can take to prevent developing the condition.
Plantar Fascia Stretches
Just like you would warm up for a work-out, you should warm up your feet for a day of demanding activities. Stretching your plantar fascia will make them more loose and less susceptible to injury. Consult your family doctor or podiatrist for proper stretches and instruction.
Wear Proper Shoes
This will make a huge impact on the risk factors you have for developing the problem. Shoes that support your feet properly could stop proper fasciitis before it could ever possibly be a problem. Proper footwear will help keep your feet properly aligned and distribute weight properly throughout your foot.
You know that if you’re overweight, exercising and shedding some pounds can be beneficial to you in many ways. Well, add preventing plantar fasciitis to your list! excessive weight adds pressure and strain to feet which wouldn’t ordinarily be there. Now, don’t go out and run a marathon or anything, but increase your activity levels, as your healthcare provider deems suitable, and you will make yourself feel better in so many ways.
Don’t Ignore the Pain
If it hurts, change your activity and consult a doctor. You may have pain that has not yet developed into a condition. Your podiatrist can advise you on steps to take to stop the pain in its tracks. Additionally, if you already have the condition, early treatment will be the most beneficial to you.
You are the master of your body, don’t let plantar fasciitis pain master you!
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