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Plantar fasciitis is probably the most common foot condition that we treat at Island Orthotics Inc.. It is simply an overuse condition that is unfortunately occurring in your foot. Meaning if you had a similar overuse condition in your index finger you could simply splint that finger for a week or so thereby decreasing its use and the overuse pain would more than likely settle out. Unfortunately with this overuse condition occurring in your foot there is little to no opportunity for the average individual to splint that foot or not use it for a week without greatly upsetting their daily life.
Therefore the next best thing that you can do is to get properly fitted foot orthoses to decrease the traction pull of the plantar fascia while going about your day.
The plantar fascia is a wide, thick, flat band of fibrous connective tissue that runs from the heel to the ball of the foot and serves to support the longitudinal arch and transmit weight across the foot when walking or running. It is subjected to enormous stress at every step and although it is tough and elastic, it is vulnerable to damage. When the plantar fascia is injured it can become inflamed and painful, the condition known as plantar fasciitis. Plantar fasciitis is a common condition, often caused by overuse.
Pain from plantar fasciitis is usually felt near the point where the ligament attaches to the calcaneus (the heel bone) and is often described as an aching, shooting or burning sensation. Overnight the discomfort tends to lessen but, on first stepping onto the foot in the morning, the tight plantar fascia is again stretched and the pain can be quite severe. With gentle use the tissues of the ligament warm up and symptoms diminish, although the pain is likely to return with standing, walking, running, climbing stairs, or other physical activity, or after a period of resting.
Treatment of plantar fasciitis is conservative (non-surgical). It takes the majority if not all of the following recommendations to achieve healing in the plantar fascia considering you aggravate the problem with every step. Patience is a necessity as it will probably take several months to fully recover. Typical measures include: