Both heel pain and heel spurs are frequently associated with an inflammation of the band of fibrous connective tissue (fascia) running along the bottom (plantar surface) of the foot. This Plantar Fascia area extends from the heel to the ball of the foot, and inflammation of this area is commonly referred to as "Plantar Fasciitis". It can be extremely painful, and does not go away with simple rest.
The condition occurs over time when the plantar fascia is strained beyond it's normal extension. This causes the soft tissue fibers of the fascia to tear or stretch at points along it's length. This leads to inflammation, pain, and possibly the growth of a bone spur where the fascia attaches to the heel bone.
The inflammation may be / is frequently aggravated by flats, shoes, sandals, boots, and slippers that lack the proper support, especially in the arch area. Since Plantar Fasciitis is effectively a repetitive stress injury, many are plagued by chronic irritation and pain when absent of proper footwear.
Resting provides only TEMPORARY relief. When you resume walking or standing, especially after a night's sleep, you may experience a sudden elongation of the fascia band, which stretches and pulls on the heel. As you walk, the heel pain may lessen or even disappear. This is what we call a "False Positive". The pain will return after prolonged rest, extensive walking, at the end of your day, or the next morning.
I've experienced this condition first hand - I had it. It felt like someone was stabbing my heel with a nail in the morning and again after I'd relaxed at night. It got so bad that I was having issues walking up the stairs. The condition affected my daily life, and made me not want to do 'normal people' things like ride a bike - because of the associated cost in foot pain. For me, and for most, it was worst towards the heel area (see above) but we've seen it start in the front and mid-foot as well. I was 25 at the time and got PF after a lifetime of playing sports in terrible-for-your-feet cleats and athletic shoes - thus showing the condition can have degenerative effects on people of all ages, weights, and genders.
The only thing you can't do, if you've read this far, is NOTHING. I like the exercise analogy - If you want to get in better shape, do you start exercising and eating better, or do you go on a fad diet? Which is more sustainable over time? We all know the answer to that, and our concept is similar: To get your Plantar Fasciitis on the ropes, the first step is to make a lifestyle change. Stop buying those cheap but cute shoes that make your feet scream bloody murder. Come to one of our locations and speak with us about how we can help you. It costs nothing, doesn't require any kind of medical referral, and could quite literally change your daily life. Aren't you tired of brutal foot pain ruling your day?
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