Do you experience some excruciating pain in your foot? Then you have to pay enough attention to it. That foot injury may be what is known as plantar fasciitis and generally affects only a single foot. On the other hand, the bilateral plantar fasciitis is rare and can be the result of the so-called systemic arthritic condition. This type is also found to be unusual among the athletes.
Males are more prone to this condition compared to females since the latter are commonly not so engaged in gaining severe weight, ground impact, and speed. Males are by and large more hooked into doing sports and other extreme activities. Thus, you must know if you are afflicted with the condition and you can better do this by familiarizing yourself with the plantar fasciitis symptoms.
Getting to Know Plantar Fasciitis
Plantar fasciitis is a condition that is characterized by the inflammation of the plantar fascia which is the sturdy fibrous band of tissue which is found from that of the heel bone towards the base of your toes. The tearing of the plantar fascia is commonly caused by the strenuous activities such as jumping and running, and other natural conditions like the high arches, flat feet, or overpronation. If there is tearing in this area, the sufferer experiences swelling and pain. The throbbing pain can be associated with many reasons. It may be due to the sudden change in one's routine, lesser arch support for a prolonged time, less flexibility in the calf or muscles, injury that affects the normal pattern of walking, prolonged standing, and even obesity. It doesn't matter whether your shoes has a resounding brand name but if it lacks support and comfort for your foot, it is going to be useless. Furthermore, you can expect for plantar fasciitis to bother you.
Unearthing the Symptoms
The principal plantar fasciitis symptom is that of the acute pain which is totally bothersome for the inner side of your heel. If the pain that you feel every morning as you rise from the bed upon waking up continues on a daily basis, then you have to get checked for plantar fasciitis. It may be eased during the later part of the day but doing other stressful activities will prompt the persisting sharp pain to be regained. Another symptom is that of the pain that cuts through the foot while walking, standing for a long time, and climbing the stairs. The pain can also be felt after completing an exercise regimen. Likewise, you will notice the tenderness of the heel as well as the tightness of the calf muscles.
Take a good rest, sleep in the proper position at night, do stretching exercises daily, and wear the right kind of shoes. Doing these will grant you with utmost comfort.
These plantar fasciitis symptoms must not be ignored. As soon as you experience any of these, better get medical attention as soon as possible. Don't let it worsen or else you will be subjected to a surgical procedure which can hamper your daily routine while at the same time will give you tons of frustrations.
Leinster Clinic Biomechanics Lab is run by Senior Orthotist David Kingston B.Sc.(Hons) Orth