Plantar fasciitis is the inflammation of a tissue underneath the ankle bone, which causes intermittent pain and discomfort. It affects a whopping 10 million people in India every year. Those aged 40 and above are at a higher risk of being affected by the condition.
Causes Of Plantar Fasciitis-
Plantar fascia is the soft tissue under the ankle bone, which connects the ankle bone to the toes and facilitates movement. If the fascia gets inflamed, the condition is known as Plantar fasciitis. If the tissue undergoes too much pressure, small tears are likely to take place. With repeated stretching and tearing of the tissue, inflammation and pain may develop.
However, in most cases, the exact cause of the condition is not well understood. Although, it is possible that sprinters or sportsmen are more likely to develop the Plantar fasciitis. Furthermore, obese people have a tendency to develop the condition, as do pregnant women during the later stages of pregnancy.
Here are some common symptoms associated with the Plantar fasciitis-
Treatment For The Condition
Treatment is broadly divided into home remedies and conventional medication. Home remedies involve the usage of ice packs on the heels, at least three to four times a day. Ample rest for your legs may also be enough to cure the condition. Additionally, the use of comfortable shoes along with stretching exercises may also cure the condition.
However, if none of the home remedies seems to work, over the counter nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications may be used. The doctor may even inject a steroidal medication into the affected region. In such cases, the medical treatments must be used in conjunction with physical therapy.