After volunteering at Relay for Life this last weekend, which was held in various spots around Indianapolis, I realized how some of the participants were suffering from severe foot pain and didn’t know they had plantar fasciitis.
Plantar fasciitis is a very uncomfortable condition and can be quite disabling, not to mention the scary name. It is a common injury amongst athletes and can be a pesky injury with or without treatment. To runners it can be a big hurdle to get past do to its chronic nature. So what is plantar fasciitis and can it be prevented?
Plantar fasciitis is an inflammation of the connective tissue (fascia) on the bottom of the foot (plantar surface). It is common in runners, overweight people, and people wearing inadequately supported shoes. The symptoms include stabbing pain in the heel of the foot upon first rising in the morning and walking around especially on hard wood floors or linoleum surfaces. It tends to go away once the fascia stretches out and is proned to coming back after long periods of walking or periods of rest, like sitting at a desk for work.
Increased risk is associated with obesity, advanced age (40-60), women, runners, dancers, and jobs which require constant standing. Increased risk is also associated with people who have flattened arches in the feet and don’t have the proper support through shoes or orthotics.
Prevention is primarily through proper support of the arches which boils down to equipment. The right shoes and/or supportive arches are very important when considering starting up running or any other sport like soccer or basketball that includes lots of running and jumping. This can typically be checked by an podiatrist, chiropractor, or professional shoe store. Weight management is another important aspect or prevention for this condition as well.
Plantar fasciitis is a common injury and is on the rise with the obesity epidemic occurring in our country right now, so knowing the risk factors and how to prevent it are crucial to a healthy running regiment.
Next time around I will show the options for treating this horrid problem.
Circle City Chiropractic