If you suffer from plantar fasciitis, you will think that there is nothing funny coming from this painful condition. Though we couldn’t agree more, we still hope these surprisingly interesting and useful facts about Plantar Fasciitis will make you feel more informed, or at the very least give you a great addition to the conversation next time someone asks how your heels are feeling.
Plantar fasciitis is an inflammation of the plantar fascia; a group of connective tissues that connects the plantar tendon to either the heel bone or to the base of the toes.
- About 83 percent of active adults, ages 25 to 65, will experience plantar fasciitis.
- 10% of runners will suffer from plantar fasciitis.
- 14% of people has reported symptoms improvement simply from changing their shoes.
- Often there is no apparent cause for plantar fasciitis, particularly in older people. However, repeated small injuries to the fascia plantar (with or without inflammation) are thought to be the cause of this problem.
- People with flat feet or high arches are more prone to plantar fasciitis.
- Females, especially those who are overweight or having a job that requires lots of walking or standing are more prone to plantar fasciitis.
- Tight calf muscles might cause plantar fasciitis.
- Arthritis can also cause plantar fasciitis.
- Pain is the main symptom of plantar fasciitis; it can be anywhere on the underside of your heel. However, one spot is commonly found as the main source of pain, which is usually about 4 cm forward from your heel and may be tender to touch.
- The pain is usually the worst when you take your first steps after waking up in the morning, or after a long duration of rest where no weight is put on your foot.
- Plantar fasciitis may become a chronic condition if left untreated; you may experience pain in your foot, knee, hip and back since plantar fasciitis can change your walking pattern.
- Chronic plantar fasciitis is the most common foot complaint.
- Usually, the pain will ease in time, it may take several months or more since fascia tissue heals quite slowly.
So now you know a few helpful facts about plantar fasciitis. But remember, the most important thing you should know when it comes to handling foot pain is finding relief, and as a matter of fact, 90% of cases can be treated without invasive, highly-cost or painful methods.
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