What is Plantar Fasciitis?
Plantar Fasciitis is one of the most common causes of Heel Pain. It is often felt during the start of an activity and the pain usually returns after a long rest. This is why you will feel a stabbing pain when you take the first step out of the bed when you wake up in the morning. Recent weight gain or a sudden change in exercise patterns may also cause heel pain.
The plantar fascia is the thick connective tissue which supports the arch of the foot. The plantar fascia provides support for the medial longitudinal arch of the foot. Every time the heel creates an impact on the ground, the plantar fascia is stretched and the arch flattens slightly to absorb the impact. As the fascia is not very flexible, such repetitive stretching from frequent impact can cause tears in the fascia. If left untreated, the pain can become severe and interfere with every step you take, so much so that even walking will become a painful task for you. With this scenario, you can now tell why it takes a toll on those who are flat-footed due to lack of arch support.
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