With spring training in full swing you can bet that the players on the Kansas City Royals are doing everything they can to avoid the pain of plantar fasciitis. This condition can make it quite difficult for the players as they prepare to repeat as champs! If they know what causes this bothersome and uncomfortable condition they can do more to prevent its occurrence, but so can you! There are several things to understand about plantar fasciitis so you can stay pain-free.
The plantar fascia is a band of tissue that connects from the front of the feet all the way to your heels. Needless to say it undergoes a lot of strain throughout the day, especially when you put extra weight on it. This wear and tear can cause damage to the ligaments, which can cause the plantar fascia to become inflamed and painful. The inflammation eventually leads to heel pain and stiffness. If you feel a pain in your heel that is worse after a period of rest or first thing in the morning, it’s most likely going to be plantar fasciitis.
So what causes this condition and what can you do about it? As we mentioned above the more weight you put on your feet the more likely you are to damage the plantar fascia. Therefore, people who are overweight or are extremely active with high-impact sports that involve running or jumping (like professional baseball players)are at a higher risk. You may also be at risk if you have another chronic condition such as flatfeet, hammertoes, or high arches.
To prevent plantar fasciitis from occurring you should be very aware of maintaining a healthy weight. If you are a runner consider cross-training from time to time with a lower impact workout, such as swimming. If you have a pre-existing foot condition do what you can to treat that first so it doesn’t lead to other problems. All in all, plantar fasciitis isn’t the end of the world, but you should do what you can to avoid it if possible.
If you have more questions about the causes and treatment of plantar fasciitis please call Dr. Peyman Elison and Dr. Viedra Elison at (623) 584-5556 to schedule an appointment at Fixing Feet Institute in Surprise, AZ.