Plantar Fasciitis or PF is an inflammatory and painful process in the region of Plantar Fascia. Plantar Fascia is the area where the bottom surface of our foot (sole) accommodates all the connected tissues. In fact, Plantar Fascia is that type of thick fibrous band of connected tissues, which originate only in the heel bone (bottom surface) and extends from the sole towards the toes. And that is why if the trouble comes to a person, he or see finds it difficult to stand, walk or position him/herself erectly even for some moments. The first step in the morning itself is the worst condition felt by the patient.
Symptoms: - The common symptom of this problem is the stiffness and pain at the bottom of our body i.e. heel or entire foot. Some times the pain may be either sharp or dull along with burning or aching sensations. The common symptoms are:
- Discomforts in the flat feet or in high arches
- Tenderness in the heel or even in the entire foot
- Mild redness or swelling in your foot
- Tightness or stiffness of the arch areas of your foot
- Feeling pain after sitting or standing for some time
- Climbing stairs is really impossible
- Your pain is unbearable after you have finished some intense activities
- Long distance running (specially in uneven surfaces and down the hilly areas) is really unbearable
Reasons: - The reason of this body conditionality is known to be the overuse of Arch Tendon or Plantar Fascia of our foot. If not taken care in time with proper medical intervention, the treatment may not be that much easy, rather may lead towards surgical replacement. If a patient is suffering from this disease, the body condition will show more of the degenerative changes, instead of inflammatory changes. This severe condition is known to be as ‘Plantar Fasciosis’. It is commonly found among the sufferers that they have knee pains in addition to the positioning / standing / walking problems. As per some trustworthy reports, two million US citizens or even 10% of the total population of US suffer from this unwanted body condition during their life times, any time between 40 and 70.
Management / Treatment: - Since consulting your doctor is the optimum measure you should take, you can temporarily get rid of the pain by using hot or icy packs on your affected areas. Some medicated gels or creams are also to be made handy. If your willpower does not stop you to exercise, consult your doctor / therapist and select a suitable exercise, because it is a very positive remedial measure for strengthening your muscle power. As your next step, you may need to have the painkillers as per the intensity of your pain, but definitely under the guidance of your doctor. If your pain is mild, Tylenol (the counter pain killer like anti-inflammatory and non-steroidal) or Acetaminophen, in the category of NSAIDs may help you. Of course, those with unbearable condition even after taking medicines may have to opt for surgery and in certain cases the doctor will replace your joint.