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Foot Pain

Foot Pain

What is plantar fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common causes of heel pain. The plantar fascia is a thick, weblike ligament that connects your heel to the front of your foot. It acts as a shock absorber and supports the arch of your foot, helping you walk. When the plantar fascia is stressed, or has a lot of tension, then small tears can occur. These tears cause inflammation, which causes heel pain and stiffness. The heel pain and stiffness is known as plantar fasciitis.

Plantar fasciitis commonly causes a stabbing pain that usually occurs with your first steps in the morning. As you get up and move, the pain normally decreases, but it might return after long periods of standing or when you stand up after sitting. The pain is usually worse after exercise, not during it. It usually affects just one foot, but has been found to affect both feet.

Your plantar fascia ligaments experience a lot of wear and tear in your daily life. Too much pressure on your feet can damage or tear the ligaments causing even simple movements like climbing stairs to be very difficult and painful due to the stiffness in the heel.

This is why strengthening your calves, keeping healthy, using good body mechanics, and visiting BPC are great ways to ensure your heel stays strong.

The common causes for foot pain could be from the following activities:
Running
Ballet
Standing Jobs
Walking
Dancing
Excess Weight

Causes in your everyday life

  • Running – exercise like running where there is a lot of stress on your heel and attached tissue can contribute to the onset of plantar fasciitis.
  • Ballet dancing and aerobic dancing – dancing that involves high impact on the foot and heel can lead to plantar fasciitis.
  • Overweight – having extra weight puts extra stress on your plantar fascia which can lead to inflammation, and ultimately plantar fasciitis.
  • Second half of pregnancy – as you naturally gain weight, the stress increases, and this extra stress on your plantar fascia can cause inflammation.
  • Shoes with inadequate support – wearing old shoes, shoes with high heels or thin soles, or shoes with less cushioning are all candidates for further strain on your plantar fascia.
  • Foot mechanics – flat feet, high arches, or simply a lot of walking, can affect the way weight is distributed when you’re standing, and can put added stress on the plantar fascia.
  • Being on your feet all day – jobs that require you to always be on your feet, such as teachers, sales people, restaurant or bank managers, or anyone who spends hours of their day standing on hard surfaces.
  • Not stretching prior to working out can cause the calf muscles to be stiff and tight and lead to further strain on your plantar fascia.

BPC’s 4 step process was established by our team of expert physiotherapists to best guide you through a successful recovery while empowering patients to take charge of their health through our personalized exercise program.

Road To Recovery
REDUCE Pain

reduce Pain

RELAX Muscle

Muscle Relax

RANGE Increase

Range Increase

RECOVERY

Recovery

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