Plantar Fasciitis

What is Plantar Fasciitis?

Pronounced as “plantar fash-ee-eye-tis”: Plantar means “Foot” and Fasciitis means “Inflammation of the Fascia”.

Plantar Fasciitis is a serious and excessively painful condition which occurs when the long, flat ligament (the Plantar Fascia) along the bottom of the foot develops tears and inflammation, and, in more serious cases, possible rupture of the ligament. The Plantar Fascia is an essential ligament which you use every time you walk or run, land on your heel, raise yourself on your toes, shift your weight to your other foot, etc.

Plantar fasciitis can feel like a dull ache, or a sharp pain and it tends to worsen after standing or exercising for prolonged periods, or upon getting out of bed in the morning. Morning heel pain is actually one of the most common symptoms of plantar fasciitis.

What causes Plantar Fasciitis?

Repetitive stresses from certain activities, such as long periods of standing, or regular running in non-supportive or ill-fitting footwear commonly leads to plantar fasciitis. It can also be caused by a single, traumatic injury such as slamming on the brakes during a motor vehicle collision.

If you have been in a motor vehicle collision, and your feet are hurting, make an appointment to have it checked out right away. A single, traumatic injury to the foot such as from a motor vehicle collision can cause the onset of plantar fasciitis.

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Stretching and ice massage several times a day for 15-20 minute intervals is something you can do at home, to reduce the inflammation and pain caused by Plantar Fasciitis and speed up the healing of your ligament. Investing in custom fit orthopedic supports for your shoes will also go far in absorbing shock and taking pressure off the plantar fascia, so that it can heal and/or stay healthy.

Contact the Whiplash and Injury Clinic today to make an appointment to find out if custom orthotic inserts are the proper healing tools for you!

For more information on Plantar Fasciitis, check out these links:

Basic Foot Anatomy

Heel Pain

Heel Pain Symptoms and Causes

What is Plantar Fasciitis and How do I treat it?

Cold pack - First help with pain

Ice is one of the simplest, safest and most effective self care techniques for injury, pain or discomfort in muscles and joints

During an initial injury, tissue damage can cause uncontrolled swelling. This swelling can increase the damage of the initial injury and delay the healing.

If you use ice immediately within the first 48 hours, you can reduce the healing time by up to 80%

When you visit us at the Whiplash and Injury Clinic, ask about our Cold Packs. Our gel-filled Cold Packs are made of the most durable materials. It is a silky nylon/pvc material that is smooth against the skin.

This 5x8 inch cold pack fits comfortably around your neck or wrapped over your shoulder, wrist, ankle, knee or any other injured area