Plantar Fasciitis

This condition is characterized by a painful burning sensation on the bottom of the foot. Plantar Fascia is a thick fibrous band of connective tissue that supports the arch on the bottom of the foot. Strain and stress to this tissue can be caused by sudden changes in weight bearing motions during sports activities, a weak flat foot, abnormal, pronated conformation, wearing shoes with little or no arch support, extended hours of standing on a hard floor and by being obese.

For many athletes this condition is worse in the morning, when first getting out of bed and trying to stand up. During the night your foot and ankle relaxes allowing the plantar fascia to shorten. When you try to stand up and put weight on it in the morning, the inflamed tissues are unable to stretch and pain is felt. If the condition is not treated, a formation of a bone spur can occur. This is the calcification of bone tissue where the plantar fascia attaches as the body tries to heal the area.

Management of plantar fasciitis involves massage therapy, stretching, strengthening the foot muscles along with analysis of footwear and gait.

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