By KURU Footwear
Plantar fasciitis—or inflammation of the band of tissue under our feet—is a condition that causes pain and inflammation in the heel of the foot. The most common symptoms of plantar fasciitis include pain, stiffness, and tenderness in the heel or arch of the foot. Other possible symptoms include swelling, redness, and warmth in the affected area.
The exact cause of plantar fasciitis is unknown, but it is believed to be caused by repeated strain or overuse of the tendon that connects your heel bone to your toes. Factors that may increase your risk of developing this condition include:
- Over exercising or under exercising
- Having flat feet or high arches
- A person’s weight
- Wearing shoes with poor support or shock absorption
If you are experiencing any symptoms of plantar fasciitis, it is important to seek treatment to prevent complications and reduce your risk of long-term damage.
Plantar fasciitis treatment typically includes rest, icing the affected area, stretching exercises, wearing supportive footwear, and taking over-the-counter pain medications. Some may also benefit from physical therapy or steroid injections to help relieve inflammation and promote healing.
PLANTAR FASCIITIS IN THE UNITED STATES
About two million people are treated for plantar fasciitis each year in the US. This condition is more prevalent among certain age groups, particularly those in their 40s and 50s.
Plantar fasciitis pain has several possible causes, including occupational factors such as standing or walking for extended periods on hard surfaces, genetic predisposition, having flat feet or high arches, or underlying health conditions like excess weight or diabetes.
Regardless of the underlying cause, however, effective treatments are available for managing this condition and reducing its impact on people’s lives.
A STUDY OF 812 PEOPLE WITH PLANTAR FASCIITIS
- 85% of adults that report having plantar fasciitis have been formally diagnosed.
- Here are a few of the most common ways adults have received a plantar fasciitis diagnosis. In some cases, more than one method may have been used to reach the final diagnosis:
- 66% Clinical Diagnosis
- 40% X-Ray
- 20% Self-Diagnosis
- 17% CT Scan
- 14% Ultrasound
- 14% MRI Scan
- 1% “Other”
- The following conditions are also common in adults with plantar fasciitis. In some cases, an adult may have reported more than one condition.
% of Adults with Plantar Fasciitis Who Also Experience the Condition
Plantar fasciitis pain can range in severity and become worse at certain times of the day. Here our findings on how adults with plantar fasciitis reported their pain.