Putting Your Best Foot Forward

Over ¼ of Sonic Relief users and over 2 million people (American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons) experience sharp, stabbing, sometimes burning pain in the heel or arch of their foot. The diagnosis? Plantar Fasciitis, a condition aptly named which develops in the plantar fascia. Plantar Fasciitis occurs when the band of tissue on the bottom of the foot that connects the heel to the toes and supports the arch (the Plantar Fascia) becomes inflamed and/or strained.

Causes:

In most cases this condition isn’t the result from one triggering event or accident but rather from too much pressure or activity over time. However, some risk factors may include:

  • Tighter calf muscles that make it difficult to flex your foot and bring your toes up toward your shin

  • Being overweight

  • Very high arch

  • Repetitive impact activity (running/sports)

  • New or increased activity

In addition, those with plantar fasciitis often have heel spurs, but health experts say spurs are not the cause of plantar fasciitis pain.

Symptoms:

As previously mentioned, Plantar Fasciitis is a painful condition causing sharp, stabbing, or burning pain in the heel and/or arch of the foot. More specifically however the most common symptoms of plantar fasciitis include:


  • Pain on the bottom of the foot near the heel

  • Pain with the first few steps after getting out of bed in the morning, or after a long period of rest, such as after a long car ride. The pain subsides after a few minutes of walking

  • Greater pain after (not during) exercise or activity

Research in the Journal of Pain found that 70 percent of people with plantar fasciitis report moderate to severe pain, 61 percent have this pain daily and 54 percent say it interferes with normal work activities. Since most people rely on their feet to take them from place to place it is important that they are pain free!

Plantar Fasciitis can be diagnosed by your doctor, some symptoms they may look for are:


  • A high arch

  • An area of maximum tenderness on the bottom of your foot, just in front of your heel bone

  • Pain that gets worse when you flex your foot and the doctor pushes on the plantar fascia. The pain improves when you point your toes down

  • Limited “up” motion of your ankle

If you believe you may have Plantar Fasciitis please consult your medical provider.


Treatment:

Luckily, plantar fasciitis is relatively easy to cure! More than 90% of patients with plantar fasciitis will improve within 10 months of starting simple treatment methods.