There are all kinds of foot problems and disorders affecting people today. A heel spur is one of the foot disorders that are sometimes mistakenly diagnosed as plantar fasciitis; this is actually a bony calcification at the heel bones. This is also a painful condition. Another foot problem is capsulitis or metatarsalgia, a patient suffering this condition feel numbness and pain in the metatarsal region of the foot. You should know what plantar fasciitis is and what difference it has from other foot disorders.
What is Plantar Fasciitis?
Plantar fasciitis (plan-tur fa –shee-eye-tis) is a painful disorder affecting the foot. The inflammation of the plantar fascia produces severe pain that can immobilize even the most active athlete. The plantar fascia area also called “inner soles”, are made up of fibrous tissues grouped into ligaments that connect the toes to the heels, these connective tissues when overworked become damaged and inflammation takes place. The pain usually is most intense at the base of the heel bone (calcaneus).
What is plantar fasciitis and what is the most common symptom?
It causes extreme pain that you usually experience with your very first step upon waking up, pain is relieved for a short while when you have made a few steps but the pain will return as the day progresses.
What is plantar fasciitis and the percentage or number of sufferers?
Sufferers of the condition display degenerative than inflammatory changes, in this case, they are called plantar fasciosis. Studies show that over two million Americans suffer the condition every year. Studies also show that 10 % of the population suffers the plantar fascia pain over a lifetime.
Who are mostly affected by it?
The condition is normally associated with work-related or sports-related activities, like running, weight-bearing for long periods, and is also associated with persons who are obese or overweight. Pregnant women, people who are overweight, workers who stand for a long period of time, construction workers who bear heavyweights the whole day, athletes especially runners or track and field athletes are normally prone to this disorder.
The simplest explanation a doctor will give you is “It is the most common cause of heel pain.” This condition also aggravates knee pains, back pains, it also decreases the dorsiflexion – the bending and flexing of the ankle. Plantar fasciitis can cause pain and inflammation of the plantar fascia, which can result from trauma, and overuse of the foot.