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Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar Fasciitis – This might be very difficult to pronounce but Plantar Fasciitis is the most common cause of heel pain. A thick band of tissue called the plantar fascia connects the heel bone to the toes at the bottom of your foot. The inflammation of this tissue causes shooting pain and this condition is known as Plantar Fasciitis.

Plantar fasciitis is most common among runners and overweight people. Women are more susceptible to it as they tend to gain weight in the lower body parts which puts more pressure on their heels. Every person faces mild to severe pain in their heels at least once in their lifetime. 90% of these cases are due to plantar fasciitis. People between the age of 40-60 years are most likely to be affected by this condition. Children, teens and young adults can also be affected by this condition.

Causes and Symptoms

Plantar Fasciitis is aggravated by:

  • Overweight
  • Flat-foot
  • Standing for long period of time
  • Wearing Ill-fitting shoes

Symptoms include heel pain, shooting pain while walking extending to the ankles, trouble getting up after sitting for a long time and pain on the outer side of the heel.

Treatment

The pain caused due to plantar fasciitis takes time to heal. A combination of different treatments provide effective relief.

  • Resting your feet and avoiding strenuous activities helps in quick healing.
  • Wearing shoes with cushioned heels eases the pain in the heel.
  • Heel pads and arch supports are very useful in treating this condition. They cushion the heel and provide support to the arch.
  • Painkillers provide temporary relief. As soon as the effect of the medicine starts wearing off, the pain shoots up again.
  • Steroid injections reduce the inflammation and last for a longer period of time.
  • Surgery is performed if all the above forms of treatment have failed. It involves separating the plantar fascia from the bone. It is risky and can have other complications. It must be considered as a last resort.

Plantar Fasciitis and Yoga

Yoga effectively treats this condition. There are a number of stretches and poses that specifically target certain fascial conditions. Consulting a trained yoga professional would help you perform the stretches and poses in the right way targeting the right muscle area. A lot of people suffering from this condition have experienced relief by performing yoga.

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