Frequently Asked Questions on Plantar Fasciitis

What is Plantar Fasciitis?

Planter fasciitis is a term used for irritation or inflammation of the plantar fascia which is a long, thin ligament that connects the heel to the front of the foot. Plantar fascia supports the arches of your feet and to absorbs the stresses and strains of day to day activities. However, the plantar fasica they may become damaged or torn when too much pressure is applied to the feet.

What can be the possible causes of plantar fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis can be due to some daily life changes that may include increasing mileage for running or walking workouts, walking barefoot on the beach, working long hours on your feet, or spending more than usual time climbing ladders. Weight gain is another common reason that may affect your gait and your feet. It may also be due to the natural aging process.

How does plantar fasciitis affect the plantar tendon?

If the plantar fasciitis is due to some form of injury, there is a mild microscopic tearing that may occur causing inflammation but it is not a complete tear. There may be a chronic overload stretch and microscopic tears of the fascia.

What is the treatment for plantar fascia?

Plantar Fasciitis can be treated with small lifestyle changes. You can also try stretching and exercising, icing, massaging your feet, and wearing night splints. Orthotic inserts are recommended to support the plantar fascia and allow it to heal and also to prevent recurrence of the pain once the plantar fascia has healed. In some cases surgery may be required to heal the problem.

How much time does plantar fasciitis take to heal?
Plantar Fasciitis usually takes two to six months to heal.