Plantar fasciitis is a condition that affects the bottom of the feet, causing a lot of discomfort. Because it’s often caused by strain, it is commonly found in runners and can be difficult to treat. In this blog, we will explore in more detail what plantar fasciitis is, why it affects runners, and possible treatments.
What is plantar fasciitis?
Plantar fasciitis often begins when a lot of strain is put on the bottom of your foot, specifically the plantar fascia. This thick band of tissue runs along the sole of the foot, from the heel to the toes, absorbing shock when you walk and run. This is a major factor in supporting the arch of the foot, and it also adds force to activities such as running and jumping, but often becomes inflamed and painful after lots of activity. Long-distance runners are at particular risk of developing plantar fasciitis because of the consistent pressure on the tissue.
What are the symptoms?
The pain is usually felt near the heel or arch of the foot, as a sharp or stabbing sensation. Typically, it is worse after a period of rest, such as the first few steps when you get out of bed. Symptoms can then reduce during physical activity like running but return again when resting. Sufferers may also find it difficult to raise their toes off the floor or experience pain after long periods of standing.
How is it treated?
Plantar fasciitis can be treated at home by avoiding poor-fitting or unsupportive shoes. Visiting a GP may result in a referral to a podiatrist who can recommend specific types of running shoes to support the plantar fascia. They could also refer you to a physiotherapist. Ice packs and painkillers alongside regular rest can also help, or switching from running to a low-impact sport such as swimming.
However, it’s not easy for runners to give up the sport they love because of a nagging injury with no cure. This is why modern treatments are being developed that can allow runners to continue pain-free activity, such as Magnetic Shockwave Therapy.
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Posted on 5th September 2022