What is it?
A plantar fascia is alignment that attaches to the bone in the heel and extends through the arch of the foot to the toes. Inflammation of this ligament is referred to as a ‘heel spur’ or Plantar Fasciitis.
This inflammation occurs because the ligament has been damaged, either through an accident causing an acute injury or through prolonged strain over a period of time.
How does it occur?
Plantar Fasciitis tends to occur in feet which roll in too far when walking. This rolling in, or ‘pronating’ causes the arch of the foot to lower the consequently stretches the plantar fascia. This results in excessive strain to the plantar fascia, consequently injuring the area.
Other factors that also contribute to this condition are certain sports, occupations and footwear.
What can be done to treat it?
The pain present with Plantar Fasciitis is usually located in the arches of the feet or in the heel. To treat the problem, the excessive strain on the plantar fascia must be removed to allow the inflammation to subside.
Care must also be taken to avoid activities or abnormal movements that will cause Plantar Fasciitis to reoccur.
Different techniques can be used for this, such as taping, padding and orthoses – your podiatrist will decide which option is best for you.
Remember, the plantar fascia is a ligament, therefore when it is damaged it will normally take 6-8 weeks to heal.
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