You’ve spent several hours relaxing in a comfortable chair, watching a movie or reading a favorite book. Then, when you stand up and take that first step, all that relaxation quickly fades away. Once again you feel stabbing, burning and excruciating foot heel pain. While it could be achilles tendonitis or even a heel spur, more than likely the cause is plantar fasciitis.
Plantar fasciitis, one of the most common heel pain causes in middle-age women, happens when there is damage from over stretching or over using the plantar fascia tendon. Women who are overweight, who frequently wear high heels or have high arches are also highly susceptible.
Plantar fasciitis heel pain causes sufferers to have sharp, stabbing pain when they take their first steps, typically after a full night’s sleep or when sitting for a long time. While the foot heel pain normally lessens after a few initial steps, it can become more intense as the day goes on.
Unfortunately, recurring foot heel pain causes sufferers to alter their walking styles, which can contribute to additional musculoskeletal problems such as back, hip or knee pain. When heel pain causes such as plantar fasciitis are left untreated, however, there is risk for further injury such as tendon tearing or fasciosis.
What’s the difference between plantar fasciitis and plantar fasciosis? According to podiatrist Dr. Christine Dobrowolski, in her article Plantar Fasciitis or Plantar Fasciosis the suffix “osis” means degenerative, whereas “itis” means inflammation. When plantar fasciitis symptoms go untreated the fascia starts to deteriorate and weaken as the collagen fibers become disorganized and fragmented ad the fascia thickens in response to continued stress. At this point, the condition is no longer an inflammatory condition, but considered degenerative.
Fasciosis is much more difficult to treat, so it’s important to start plantar fasciitis treatment when symptoms begin. Typically, the longer you wait to treat plantar fasciitis, the harder it is to get relief. Acting fast can mean foot pain relief in just a few short weeks.
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