Jun 262013

Understanding Plantar Fasciitis Symptoms

Does your foot hurt when you step on the ground after getting up in the morning?

Or perhaps, you feel that shot of pain in your heels as you plant your feet on the ground after a very long sitting?

You need to be watchful now. You might just have early plantar fasciitis symptoms.

So what are plantar fasciitis symptoms?

Plantar fasciitis symptoms are that twinge of pain you feel at bottom of the heel area. It is usually caused by the inflammation of plantar fascia, or the collection of tissues found at your toes that ranges up to the heels.

plantar fasciitis xray

These tissues usually suffers great strain from outdoor activities such as running, long distance walking, and other sports activities which causes overstretching of the plantar fascia. As plantar fascia develops tears along its tissues, inflammation within the area begins and becomes plantar fasciitis symptoms as it is most commonly known.

While studies show that males are more prone to get plantar fasciitis because of their active lifestyle, there has been a significant increase of  symptoms cases among the female population.

Some of the reasons pointing to the increase plantar fasciitis cases are having flat feet, regular wearing of high heels, overpronation or the habit of inwardly feet rolling when running or walking, the increase of population among obese, not having enough exercise, and ultimately, wearing tight shoes. These factors often go unnoticed until later when the plantar fascia tissues are already gravely damaged.

For people who experience plantar fasciitis , it is important that early symptoms don’t go unnoticed. As soon as you feel little shots of pain on your toes specifically along the undersides of the foot, immediately seek medical attention. These little shots of pains on your toes can spread from the heel muscles up to the ball of your feet. Always be mindful of the pains on your toes when you make sudden movements after a long period of immobility such as when sleeping.

These pains are brought about by contractions of damaged tissues and were aggravated as you make a few steps. If you are experiencing plantar fasciitis symptoms, it is necessary to consult a medical practitioner for heel x-ray and prescription to avoid grave after effects such as walking in stride and limping.

Upon consultation, medical practitioners usually advise several plantar fasciitis symptoms exercises to alleviate contractions of the plantar fascia and ultimately heal the torn tissues. There are also orthotic devices offered for fast elimination of heel pains as well as  creams and ointments which provide immediate pain relief.

While early diagnosis is important for people already affected with the symptoms, preventive measures are still the best option for those people who regularly engage in an active outdoor lifestyle.

After every strenuous activity such as joining marathons, jumping or mountain climbing, make sure to take ample time to rest your feet. As much as possible, avoid wearing ill fitted shoes, flip flops or even old shoes that have sole materials too worn out to protect your feet.

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