When we walk, jog or run, pressure is placed on the bottom of the foot because of the impact. Although pressure is placed on almost every part of the foot, over 50% of the pressure is going to be applied to the heel. As a result of that constant pounding or perhaps because we are walking improperly, a number of painful conditions may take place. One of those conditions is known as plantar fasciitis, also sometimes referred to as runner’s heel.
If you have any difficulties with your foot or with the heel of the foot, it is important for you to seek medical attention. A proper diagnosis of your condition may provide you with solutions to help you deal with the problem successfully or perhaps even to overcome it. When you are dealing with this condition, it is because of inflammation and scarring that occurs on the connective tissue in the foot that supports the arch, known as the plantar fascia. When injury or overuse occurs in the area, it can lead to significant pain and other symptoms.
It is also noteworthy that there are other injuries that could take place with the plantar fascia, but this is the most common injury that occurs with the tissue. It is also a relatively common problem, with as much as 10% of the population suffering from it at some point or another in their life. After all, it is not only associated with running and walking, it can even be associated with rolling the foot inward when you walk, a common condition with flat feet or if you stand for long periods of time. Even leading a sedentary life and obesity can make it more likely for you to have the problem.
In most cases, this condition will go away on its own if you apply some lifestyle changes to avoid further injury to the area. Some of the options that may be available include heat and ice treatments, strengthening exercises, stretching, and weight loss for those who are obese or pain medications, including NSAIDs. If a more aggressive treatment is necessary, steroid injections may be considered. In some cases, it may be necessary to consider surgery. These are all things that will be discussed with you by your physician