What is the Plantar Fascia?
The plantar fascia is a thick connective tissue made up of collagen fibers that run from the heel to the toes. It is responsible for supporting the arch of the foot, and at the same time, it protects the deeper structures of the foot.
It has three separate parts:
- the medial component (closest to the big toe)
- the central component
- and the lateral component (located on the side of the little toe)
Plantar fasciitis is one of the commonest causes of heel pain, and it happens when the plantar fascia - the thick band of tissue that connects your heel to your toes at the bottom of the foot - becomes inflamed. Characteristically, patients with plantar fasciitis experience stabbing pain in the heel when they wake up and take their first steps in the morning or after sitting for a long time.
FAQs about Plantar Fasciitis
Does plantar fasciitis go away naturally?
Plantar fasciitis can usually heal on its own. However, it may take a long time before the pain subsides. Consulting with a doctor earlier on is recommend to prevent any worsening of the condition, or living in prolonged discomfort.
Does walking ease pain from plantar fasciitis?
For some, walking can ease the pain from plantar fasciitis. For others, however, it might make it worse. If you experience pain when walking, rest until it subsides and do some gentle stretching afterwards.
What happens if plantar fasciitis is left untreated?
If chronic or severe plantar fasciitis is left untreated, it could result in complications such as plantar tears, plantar ruptures, plantar fibromatosis, or heel spurs. To be on the safe side, it is best to seek medical attention to prevent any potential complication from occurring.