Bunions, flat foot, hammer toe. What else could our feet possibly endure?
How about plantar fasciitis?
Considering how hard our feet work for us every day, it is no wonder how many medical conditions we can either experience or dodge. Either way, there is a lot of room for error. One of the most painful foot conditions is called plantar fasciitis. Although this sounds more like a gardening term, it is a condition in which your plantar fascia is strained, causing it to swell and be very weak. Still confused? In non-technical doctor terms, the ligament on the bottom of your foot that connects your heel to your toes is strained causing insurmountable pain.
Although most commonly striking the 40-60 age range, it is more common in women (again, with their fancy fashion statement heels) and sports players –- especially runners. Other risk factors include: high arches or flat foot, being overweight, a tight Achilles tendon or calf muscle or walking, running or standing for long periods of time. I think we just about covered a large portion of the population. And believe it or not, I am in the plantar fasciitis club as well. It seems like I am the record holder for most sports related medical conditions at the ripe age of 26. Let me be the first to say plantar fasciitis is not pleasant. But I will also be the first to say that I listened to every word my doctor told me and within a few months I was perfectly back to normal.
With that said, there is some need to know info that can help you get the treatment you need, fast and easy without dragging your body though pain any longer.
First of all, it is important to note that unless you have a blunt injury to your heel, plantar fasciitis develops gradually. Also, it is not uncommon to have it in only one foot. Once you start to experience pain and tenderness on the bottom of your foot, that should the first red flag you have a problem. Calling your doctor as soon as possible is the first step to healing (no pun intended). Like anything else, the longer you wait, the worse off you are.