An Introduction to Plantar Fasciitis
This article is shared with permission from our friends at Dr. Mercola.
With approximately 26 bones and more than 33 joints arranged in columns and arches with varying stiffness and flexibility,1 your feet are responsible for helping you perform your daily tasks.
Unfortunately, a lot of people tend to overlook the importance of maintaining optimal foot health, and this leads to different ailments that can severely impact your health and disrupt your routines.
Fast Facts About Plantar Fasciitis
Plantar fasciitis is a condition wherein patients experience pain and inflammation in their plantar fascia ligament found across the bottom of your foot. The plantar fascia connects the heel bone to your toes.2
This thin, web-like ligament that is considered to be the largest in the human body. Its function is to support the arch of your foot and at the same time help you walk — so just imagine how devastating and detrimental this condition is, especially if you’re the type of person who needs to walk or stand up quite often.3,4
Foot pain caused by plantar fasciitis is said to be at its worst when you take your first few steps as soon as you wake up in the morning, and/or after you have been sitting or lying down for a lengthy amount of time.5
Who Are More Prone to Have Plantar Fasciitis?
People who are at the highest risk of having plantar fasciitis are active men and women between 40 to 70 years old, and this condition is slightly more common among women compared to men.6
Plantar fasciitis does not only cause crippling pain to patients’ bodies, but burdens to their wallets as well, since a whopping $192 to $376 million are spent annually for treatment.8
One million visits per year are made to medical professionals who treat plantar fasciitis, because approximately 10 percent of the U.S. population is affected by bouts of heel pain.9 This condition is actually the most common cause of heel pain that calls for a high demand for professional care or treatment.10
Preventing Plantar Fasciitis Begins With Your Lifestyle
Plantar fasciitis may seem like a very scary condition, but it is preventable if you incorporate lifestyle changes, such as your eating habits and even in your fashion choices.
Should you already be affected with the condition, there are natural treatment protocols and easy but effective exercises that you could follow and practice even at home. These are definitely better than various drugs and treatments that could lead to negative side effects.
Be informed about plantar fasciitis right now — know more about the condition, its symptoms, the best food you should eat and various fitness tips that you can follow.
- 1 “How do the feet and ankles work?”, Arthritis Research UK
- 2 Mayo Clinic Staff, “Plantar fasciitis”, Mayo Clinic, February 27, 2014
- 3 Shiel and Radovic, “Plantar Fasciitis”, MedicineNet, February 9, 2015
- 4 Case-Lo and Kim, “Plantar Fasciitis”, Healthline, February 16, 2016
- 5, 7 Case-Lo and Kim, “Plantar Fasciitis”, Healthline, February 16, 2016
- 6, 9, 10 Case-Lo and Kim, “Plantar Fasciitis”, Healthline, February 16, 2016
- 8 Young and Young, “Plantar Fasciitis Background”, Medscape, October 11, 2015
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