A Guide to Preventing Plantar Fasciitis
There are quite a few things that I would never wish upon my worst enemy. One of those is called plantar fasciitis. This is a problematic and debilitating condition which can happen to most people that do running, but it can also affect those that do quite a bit of walking as well. I have personally experienced this, and although there are some remedies that you can use at home, what you need to do is augment the way that you run. Chi-Running Form Focuses is one way that you can deal with this problem which can happen to anyone.
An Overview Of The Plantar Tendon
This tendon goes along the entirety of your foot, along the bottom, going from your heel to your toes. They are attached at the base, connected by fascia, and membrane that is extremely strong and fibrous. This is the tendon which will make sure that the arch of your foot is going to be able to handle all of the weight that you put on it, thus providing some type of cushioning effect while standing, walking or running. This is also went allows people to do something simple such as point your toes, and it’s the main reason that this condition can develop.
What Causes Plantar Fasciitis?
This condition essentially makes it impossible to walk properly because it becomes inflamed. If you are doing quite a bit of running for extended periods of time, or if you are doing extreme workouts where you are going up hills or up and down steps, this can cause this problem, especially for women that are wearing high heels.
In this particular case, they heel is constantly striking one particular part of your foot. Every stride that you take, causing you to reach forward, you are simply going to land on your heels every time. This creates a repetitive force on this one area, and because of the angle, you are actually now supporting about six times your body weight.
You can also have problems with your Achilles tendon, just like your plantar tendon, because of how it is attached to the bone. It will become stretched, and may also develop micro tears, causing inflammation as it is forced to pull away, specifically from the bones that it is connected to.
Consistent overstretching will cause another unique debilitating condition which is the addition of calcium between your heel and tendon. This builds up over time, and it can form what is called a heel spur which is extremely painful, even more so than this condition.
The primary causes of plantar fasciitis include:
- High or low arches
- Being overweight
- Wearing worn out shoes
- Standing for too long on your feet
- Stiff ankle muscles or calf muscles
- Walking barefoot for too long
- How does it feel to have this condition?
If you do have plantar fasciitis, it’s going to progress gradually. You will simply feel like there is something in your sock course you. It will have a thick feeling, one that will develop beneath your heel.
You may also notice that it feels tender in the early stages, especially when you are getting up out of bed, but it tends to subside later on. As it gets worse, it’s going to be more tender, feeling like needles beneath your feet with every step that you take. If you get into the advanced stages, you are going to have to do some research online to learn more about strategies that can help you. It may ache the entire day, not just when you are walking.
One of the best ways to help with the issue is to get plantar fasciitis insoles. These will help support feet and ensure that you don’t have problems or issues in the long term.