A few years ago, while driving home from work, I got into a car accident. An old lady in her seventies was trying to speed up in the left lane as I was changing lanes. I barely heard her right front end scratch the left rear end of my SUV. I was ticketed for not heeding to the car behind me before changing lanes.
Almost an year after the accident, I was summoned for a personal injury damage law suit by her lawyer. I met with the lawyer my insurance company provided for me to discuss the case before presenting to the jury. One of the major concerns the plaintiff had listed as part of her personal injuries included 'Plantar Fasciitis'.
She claimed that she developed this condition after she met with the accident. I was eternally grateful that I knew a little bit about medical terminology that day. I explained to my lawyer what that term meant and how it was not a part of the injuries that this person incurred as a result of the accident. Pretty soon my case was cleared and my insurance ended up paying less than half of the amount that I was being sued for.
'Plantar' means the sole of a foot and 'Fascia' refers to connective fibers or tissue. 'Fasciitis' means inflammation of the skin or tissue. Planter fasciitis is often related to the achilles tendon. Plantar fasciitis is a condition caused by inflammation of the band of ligaments or tissue at the bottom of the feet that connect the metatarsal bones to the heel of the foot called 'Plantar Fascia'. Whether diabetes causes this condition is not clear.
Planter fasciitis is a progressive condition that usually develops in one foot or in some cases both the feet. People with this problem wake up in the morning with a stabbling pain at the sole of the foot and the heel. It often subsides as the day goes by but sometimes extends into the day. This condition can sometime lead into a heel spur, which is extremely painful.
This condition is seen most commonly in runners or athletes, people whose work includes long hours of sitting or standing in one place, over weight adults, pregnant women and people who wear improper foot wear.