Learn how these common symptoms of plantar fasciitis can be relieved in the next seven days.
Over 100 million patients a year seek advice from a health professional* because they suffer from heel pain. Heel pain is caused by the plantar fascia tissue when it has a trauma or injury and the thick fascia tissue becomes inflamed. Here we discuss the 5 most common symptoms of plantar fasciitis.
The fascia band runs from the heel bone to the toes and overuse such as running or training or wearing poor foot wear are the two most common reasons of plantar fasciitis.
We all have one foot that is more dominant , and normally its that foot that will be effected first but both feet can suffer at the same time.
Overuse and repetitive use are not just the reasons our heels hurt, other factors maybe the cause such as over pronation of the foot (rolling or flat feet), Obesity or being over weight putting additional strain onto the foot especially when starting a new weight loss fitness program. Older age, poor foot wear including old and new shoes and trainers.
Patients with plantar fasciitis on average are middle aged people who spend a lot of time on their feet, such as at work or exercising, spending long periods of time standing at work for example standing on a hard floor such as hairdressers/barbers/shop assistants/pubs/security guards……
In this age group we tend to exercise more play sports, go to the gym , lead heavy work and life styles this all adds to the pressure and possible the cause heel and plantar fasciitis pain.
Top 5 Common Symptoms of Plantar Fasciitis
1: Heel Pain
2: Joint and bone pain around the heel and ankle
3: Tenderness and swelling
4: Walking becomes painful
5: Resting the foot eases the pain
Waking up and putting your heel to the floor can be painful, you may hobble to the bathroom before the foot becomes stable and less painful.
Tip: Toe and Calf stretches spend 5 minutes stretching out the fascia tissue , this will relax the tissue and tendons.
Bone and Joint pain
You will experience pain that worsens after exercise or after a long day on your feet
Tenderness to the foot and swelling
Your heel becomes very tender and appear puffy or swollen, when you touch the bottom of the heel you will feel heat radiating. This is due to the inflammation.
Walking becomes painful
Pain when walking is very common symptoms of plantar fasciitis , the worst is often the first step as you get out of bed. A sharp intense pain is experienced in the middle of the heel bone.
Resting the foot eases the pain
After a long day you find resting the foot helps ease the pain. This allows the tissue and the swelling to reduce so it is a good thing to rest your foot.
*Facts Dr Axe , NHS.
Additional risk factors for heel pain and heel spurs:
These factors increase your chances of suffering and experiencing the symptoms of plantar fasciitis.
- Running, regular or daily runners have a high risk Plantar fasciitis is the third most common running injury. Worn down or poor form can be major factors.
- A job that involves standing or walking for long periods of time, i.e. barber, policeman, store assistant, solider, waitress.
- Bad exercise techniques, not warming up or down properly
- Biomechanics issues of the foot , including over pronation , flat foot, fallen arches, arthritis of the ankle joint, achilles tendon.
- Overweight , a BMI of over 30 will increase your risks.
- Inflammatory diseases including lupus, diabetes, arthritis, tarsal tunnel conditions.
- High stress levels and lack of sleep can drain the body and functions become weak.
There are many ways to treat the common symptoms of plantar fasciitis including natural remedies and easy exercises you can do at home. Below is a video i think will help you.
Dr Axe shows how simple changes including increasing your nutrients including magnesium and easy fascia stretches will improve your pain in just 1 week;
Learn more about the 3 best over the counter vitamins that cure plantar fasciitis here.