Plantar Fasciitis – What Is It, And How Do I Relieve It?

Our feet ground us to the earth. They transport us to our destinations, near and far. They are the foundation of our runs, jumps, squats, walks through the city, and hikes through the canyon. Unfortunately, every one of us can attest to the pain, blisters, backaches, and even twisted ankles that have resulted when our feet, the base of our standing posture, become hurt or unstable. Since we do demand constant work of this lowly (and often neglected) part of our body, let’s begin to get acquainted with a couple of very particular and important aspects of the intricate complexity of our foot’s architecture, and learn how to heal our feet when they become inflamed from overuse.

The foundation of the foundation: Plantar Fascia

It is quite amazing to consider that our feet contain more than 100 muscles, tendons and ligaments. In fact, one quarter of the bones of the human body are in the feet. There are 33 points in the feet where those bones come together (joints)! Several groups of muscles and tendons reside at the bottom of the feet. They provide padding as well as flex and point the toes. The shape of our foot actually contains three arches: the transverse at the forefoot, the outer or lateral arch, and the inner medial arch.

A key support to the medial and lateral arches is called the plantar fascia. The plantar fascia consists of bands of connective tissue that originate at the heel bone and connect to the toes. The plantar fascia is subcutaneous, directly under the skin. Picture an internal band of very strong ribbon beneath the skin at the bottom of your feet, acting as a shock absorber for every impact.

When that ribbon of fascia becomes inflamed from repeated strain or impact, pain will occur, particularly immediately after waking up or long periods of inactivity. If we ignore the pain, it may worsen the condition as we adjust our gait, our and entire posture becomes effected. This irritation and inflammation of the plantar fascia is called plantar fasciitis. Sometimes, an inflammation of the plantar fascia attachment at the heel bone, (called the calcaneus) develops. This growth is called a heel spur. Spurs might help if you are riding a horse, but an internal spur is quite uncomfortable!

Causes of Plantar Fascitis

Poorly cushioned shoes can contribute to plantar fasciitis. The stress of repeated pressure on the foot while running, inappropriate footwear, or standing for long periods also creates undue pressure on the plantar fascia. Even too much dancing can contribute to this condition. Additionally, obesity will stress the body’s foundation and contribute to inflammation causing plantar fasciitis.

Healing and Preventing Plantar Fascitis

To relieve the pain of inflammation, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) can be taken Cialis and ice can be applied. Stay off of your feet as much as possible, and see your health care professional. Custom fitted arch supports may be in order. Wear well supported shoes, perhaps with cork inserts to lesson impact. For prevention and relief, stretching and strengthening the feet will go a long way in keeping the entire foundation of your posture flexible, supple and strong. Simple yet very powerful and effective yoga exercises will do wonders for keeping the foot healthy. In addition using self massage tools on the sole of the foot can provide great pain relief.

You deserve healthy flexible feet. Pay attention to their health, and keep them free from pain!

Author Bio: Bonnie Golden is a Certified Yoga Tune Up® Teacher. Experience yoga foot pain relief exercises that help you live better in your body!

Category: Wellness, Fitness and Diet
Keywords: plantar fascitis,foot pain, foot pain exercise,yoga therapy,yoga exercise

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