Plantar Fasciitis (AKA: Runner’s Heel) is the most common cause of heel pain and affects approximately 2 million people in the US each year. Typically, stabbing pain and inflammation in the area of the Plantar Fascia, a thick band of tissues that run across the bottom of the foot connecting the heel to the toes, is an supreme indicator of Plantar Fasciitis. The pain is usually worse in the early morning but gradually decreases throughout the day as your foot and muscles loosen up with movement. Runners and those who wear unsupportive shoes are most at risk for Plantar fasciitis. While there are many factors that can cause it, abrupt increases in running mileage & speed (overtraining), failing to stretch correctly, wearing the wrong running sneakers and poor foot structure are all leading causes.
Currently there’s a wide variety of treatment options available:
- Day Braces
- Taping – KT Tape or Kinesio tap
- Night Braces and Splints
The most important thing is to go see your doctor right away if you think you have plantar fasciitis. Waiting can only result in negative effects in regards to healing.