Plantar Fasciitis is a painful condition caused by inflammation of the plantar fascia – a 4mm think broad bit of tissue on the under-side of the foot, which connects your heel bone (calcaneus) to your toes. Symptoms include pain under the heel when standing or walking, which can be tender to touch.
Plantar Fasciitis is most common in people aged 40-60 who do activities such as long-distance running, ballet and standing for long periods of time. Conversely it is also associated with obesity, Achilles tendon tightness and a sedentary lifestyle.
Plantar Fasciitis is sometimes seen in patients with Reactive Arthritis (Formerly known as Reiter’s Syndrome). It is possible that there may be a correlation between Plantar Fasciitis and the formation of Heel Spurs – extra bone growth on the underside of the foot.
Treatment for Plantar Fasciitis can be effective if the exercises are done regularly. The simplest treatment is to place a tennis ball on the ground and gently roll it around underneath the effected foot, so that it is in contact with the area of discomfort. A golf ball can be used instead, if the tennis ball is too soft. Calf stretches may help, especially if the Achilles tendon is tight.
The application of ice to the affected area can help to reduce pain from plantar fasciitis. Similarly, using a frozen orange or Lime to rub into the underside of the foot, in place of the tennis ball or golf ball above can help.
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