With about 26 bones and 33 joints arranged in arches and columns with different flexibility and stiffness, your feet help you perform your everyday activities.
Unluckily, a great number of people often ignore the importance of keeping optimal foot health. This means that if you do not keep your feet healthy, it can have a negative effect on your health as well as interfere with your routines.
What Is Plantar Fasciitis?
Plantar fasciitis is actually a condition characterized by inflammation and pain in the plantar fascia ligament. This ligament is found across the bottom of the foot and connects the heel bone to the toes.
It may be the largest ligament found in your body. Moreover, it plays a key role in supporting the arch of your foot while helping you walk. That’s why plantar fasciitis is a detrimental and devastating condition, particularly if you have to stand up or walk often.
Additionally, foot pain triggered by plantar fasciitis is at its worst when you take your first few steps after waking up in the morning, or after lying down or sitting for too long.
Active women and men between 40 to 70 years old are at the highest risk of developing plantar fasciitis. This health problem affects more women than men.
Moreover, other risk factors include obesity, pregnancy, and foot problems like tight Achilles tendons, high arches, and/or flat feet.
This condition doesn’t only contribute to crippling pain, but it also burdens to the wallets of the patients, because about 192 to 376 million dollars are spent for treatment every year.
A million visits annually are made to medical professionals that treat plantar fasciitis, as about 10% of the Americans suffer from heel pain.
How to Prevent or Treat Plantar Fasciitis:
The good news is that although plantar fasciitis seems like a scary condition, it is preventable in case you make some simple lifestyle changes, like your fashion choices and your eating habits.
You should wear shoes with good shock absorption and the proper arch support for your feet. Namely, shoes with well-cushioned sole or athletic shoes are great choices.
It is advisable to avoid walking or running on hard surfaces, like concrete because this may lead to heel pain.
You may also want to do some simple exercises like towel stretches, toe stretches, and calf stretches a few times on a daily basis, particularly after waking up in the morning. Doing these stretches on a regular basis could help strengthen the muscles that support your arch as well as help your ligament become more flexible.
This treatment protocol is more effective than many drugs and treatments that may result in adverse side effects.
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