Here at BetterAfter50.com, we’ve had our own struggles with plantar fasciitis. Both Ronna and Felice have dealt with and written about their experiences, so once we saw this great resource, we absolutely had to share it with our readers. Read on and good luck!
Plantar Fasciitis Treatment: The Complete Guide 2017
As the most common source of heel pain in adults, plantar fasciitis makes the search engines awash with articles and citations.
However, finding what will actually help you in treating the condition is another matter.
That is precisely what our mission is in this resource: to produce a comprehensive, step-by-step guidebook that will help you navigate through plantar fasciitis treatment options with confidence.
We’ll include some recommended reading links below each section, which helps you to fully assimilate each sub-topic, then you can follow our specific guidelines to mitigate the symptoms and alleviate the pain.
Now, let’s start the journey.
Introducing: The Ultimate Plantar Fasciitis Treatment Resource Book
To use our guidebook, simply click the chapter you wish to read below and you’ll be taken there (you can also use the quick navigation in the right sidebar while browsing the article on desktop). Just choose a chapter to get started or, better still, read our guidebook from start to finish.
Chapter 1: What is Plantar Fasciitis?
Plantar fasciitis (PF) is the most common cause of heel pain. It is estimated that 1 in 10 people will develop this condition during their life span1.
The condition gets its name from plantar fascia, the name given for the ligament that extends from your heel to your toes. Plantar fascia thus provides support to your foot’s arches and act as a shock absorber.
A common misnomer for PF is the “heel spur syndrome”. It is a misnomer because PF and heel spurs are not the same thing (more on this later).
Symptoms: The most characteristic symptom of plantar fasciitis consists of a stabbing type of pain in your heels, especially as you get up in the morning and attempt to stand up.
Other symptoms include tenderness at the bottom of the foot, and worsening of the pain when you walk or exercise for some time, particularly on hard surfaces.
It is important not to confuse the type of pain you might get from PF with that of arthritis or conditions that affect the nerves that of an issue with one or more nerves. If you get pain when lying in bed, chances are this is not plantar fasciitis2.
Who does the condition affect? Mostly, it is middle-aged people who mostly develop PF3. It is thought that up to 7% of the general population experience the type of pain generated by PF at any given time, and of those, 80% of cases are due to PF45.
If you want to know more about the basic of PF, check out these 3 readable sources:
- Plantar Fasciitis and Bone Spurs | OrthoInfo
- Plantar Fasciitis – an Overview | OhioHealth Sports Medicine
- Plantar Fasciitis Overview | The New York Times