Causes of Plantar Fasciitis in Vancouver – Burrard Physiotherapy
It is extremely common for athletes to suffer from Plantar Fasciitis in Vancouver. In fact, plantar fasciitis is one of the most common foot injuries in general, believed to affect millions of people. While painful, it is rarely debilitating and there are a range of treatments, including ultrasound therapy, shockwave therapy, and physical therapy.
Understanding how athletes with Plantar Fasciitis in Vancouver contract the condition can help them avoid it. The first step is to understand how it occurs at all.
What is Plantar Fasciitis?
Plantar Fasciitis is an injury to the plantar fascia, the ligament that runs from the rear heel bone down to the toes. Its primary purpose is to provide arch support, and is used in any activity where a person is on their feet – standing, walking, or running. Should the plantar fascia become weak, swollen, or strained, plantar fasciitis occurs.
The most common symptom of plantar fasciitis is heel pain, particularly when someone is standing up after long periods of sitting or lying down. The affected foot may be stiff for the first few steps, before resuming mostly-normal operation. However, the pain may persist, and may also grow steadily worse throughout the day as the foot is used.
How Plantar Fasciitis Is Caused In Athletes
Plantar fasciitis is caused by any strain on that ligament, so it occurs in much the same way as other foot sprains. Common causes include:
- Wearing shoes with poor arch support
- Feet which roll inwards while walking/running
- Tight Achilles tendons or calf muscles (lack of stretching)
Additionally, the chances of having plantar fasciitis are significantly higher in overweight people, due to additional existing strain on the plantar fascia.
Common Treatments for Plantar Fasciitis
Depending on the severity, there are a number of options available. In most cases, the standard RICE (rest, ice, compression, elevation) method for healing minor muscle injuries is all that’s needed. For more severe cases, options include:
- Physical therapy to help stretch out associated muscles
- Ultrasound therapy, which can release overly-tense muscles
- Shockwave therapy, which is similar to ultrasound
In the worst cases, surgery may be called for to directly repair the damaged ligament. Such cases are quite rare, however.
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