Pain from plantar fasciitis is due to overstrain of the plantar fascia ligament. The main attachment site of the plantar fascia ligament is the heel bone (calcaneus). This is why many people with plantar fasciitis experience the majority of their pain on the bottom of their heel. I find that nearly 50% of patients cannot correlate any specific change in their lifestyle prior to the onset of their heel pain. Here are a few common connections patients often associate with the onset of their heel pain: change in occupation, a change in exercise, a change in floor surface (often at work) and an increase in body weight.
Our feet were designed for daily active use and to conquer all types of earthly terrain-- climb hills and mountains, trek over rocks, sand, forests and snow. Unfortunately, our modern sedentary lifestyles and man-made surfaces lack the diversity necessary to maintain optimal flexibility, strength and function of our muscles, ligaments and tendons.
The unnaturally hard and flat surfaces that most of us live on nearly 100% of the time cause overstrain and injury to the ligament that supports the arch of the foot.
Reducing strain to the plantar fascia ligament and improving muscle flexibility are two key factors that lead to complete healing.
Some people who have plantar fasciitis will develop a "heel spur", or a boney growth on the bottom of the heel bone (calcaneus), particularly if their plantar fasciitis has been left untreated for several months. Fortunately, the heel spur is not located in a joint or tendon and does not contribute to the pain experienced by plantar fasciitis. The heel spur does not need to be surgically removed in order to experience full pain relief; however, some people who have plantar fasciitis that is unresponsive to conservative treatment, will either need surgery or a high-tech/advanced medical treatment in order to relieve their painful plantar fasciitis.
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