Plantar fasciitis is typically more common in people over the age of forty. Let’s look at the most common causes:
Plantar fasciitis is an inflammation of the plantar fascia, a band of connective tissue that runs along the bottom of the foot. It is a common condition resulting in heel pain, especially when standing or walking after periods of rest. Symptoms often include sharp pain and tenderness in the heel area and stiffness in the arch of the foot. Plantar fasciitis is most commonly caused by overuse, but can also be due to age, obesity, ill-fitting shoes or an abnormal foot structure.
An osteopath can assess the patient's foot and lower limb to identify imbalances that may be causing or contributing to the plantar fasciitis. Treatment will then involve soft tissue massage and gentle stretching of the affected areas, in addition to lifestyle advice such as which footwear is best for supporting the arch of the foot. The aim is to reduce tension on the plantar fascia and improve flexibility in the lower limb muscles. Osteopathic treatment can help reduce pain, promote healing and enhance comfort. In more severe cases, a custom orthotic may be recommended for additional arch support.
The amount of time it takes to recover from plantar fasciitis depends on the severity of the condition, as well as how early the diagnosis is made and treatment begins. In some cases, recovery can take several weeks or months. However, with proper care and attention including rest, stretching exercises and appropriate footwear, most patients can experience relief from pain within a few weeks.
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