Plantar Fasciitis and Heel Spurs

What is Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar Fascia is a thick connective tissue that runs from the calcaneus to the metatarsal bones supporting the arch of the foot. Plantar Fasciitis is the inflammation of the plantar fascia tissue. It is often seen as an equivalent to Heel Spurs.

Causes of Plantar Fasciitis and Heel Spurs

  • Poor fitting footwear
  • Repeated Stress
  • Standing for long hours
  • Unpadded shoes
  • Obesity
  • Vitamin C deficient diet
  • Sudden increase in physical activity

Symptoms of Plantar Fasciitis and Heel Spurs

If you are suffering from Plantar Fasciitis or Heel Spurs you would feel a mild or severe pain in the bottom or front of the heel. People usually experience pain in the mornings or after prolonged sitting, you might have plantar fasciitis. Severe pain is said to be a result of nerve or bone irritation. Too much stress results in the inflammation of the bone. In either case, the pain is constant.

Treatment of Plantar Fasciitis and Heel Spur

  • Stretching of the calf muscles
  • Changing your activities
  • Weight loss
  • Wearing well fitting shoes with arch support and heel pads
  • Use of medical wedges
  • Application of Ice
  • Anti-Inflammatory medications
  • Foot Massage