Plantar fasciitis is a foot disorder usually felt as pain in the bottom of your foot around the heel. There are about 2 million new cases of this condition reported each year in the USA only. That pain is felt especially when taking the first steps in the morning or after spending some time sitting. This pain is caused by an injury of the fascia connective tissue at the bottom of the foot. This tissue is called the plantar fascia and it connects the heel bone to the toes. Mostly this injury is caused by overuse of the foot. Plantar fasciitis remission time can be very long because the overloading of the foot is a part of the patient’s daily routine and the foot gets injured again and again.
The foot is a very complex mechanical structure. Each foot is assembled from 26 bones, 33 joints, more than a 100 muscles, ligaments, tendons and nerves. The human foot system is even more complicated and is different in every individual. The plantar fascia band part in the foot mechanism is to keep the foot longitudinal arch structure. It operates almost like a bow string. But this structure is kept also by the other components of the foot particularly the foot’s small muscles.
This complex structure is getting stronger with practice. As long as you perform some special exercises that you can read about latter your feet will get stronger and your injured plantar fascia will get more natural support. Stronger feet can be the difference between a chronic heel pain to a treatable foot problem.
There are plenty distinctive plantar fasciitis treatments, but there is no one solution that works for everybody. Treatment techniques can be simple, like putting ice on the foot, or very sophisticated like surgery. The most common and successful treatment is exercise. Exercise is described as a very effective treatment method, you can do it anytime, anywhere and it does not cost anything. Implementing some of the following exercises in your daily schedule (2-3 times a day) will make your healing faster and will keep your feet stronger.
Plantar fasciitis exercises consist of two different types. The first group of exercise is foot strengthening and the second is stretching. Normally whenever you carry out an exercise you should not sense any pain. If you do feel pain you must stop. The foot strength exercises are not appropriate for the painful stage of the disease. Wait for an inflammation relief and pain relief before you start strengthening your foot.
Anyway please consult your physician before you do any of the following exercises.
Well you probably want to know how to perform these exercises. You can click the following link for the specific guidelines for Plantar fasciitis exercises . And you can find many more good ideas about the disorder in this Plantar fasciitis link.