Plantar Fasciitis

24 Jul 2019
Health Articles

“Ring….. Ring….. “ Your alarm clock rings in the morning and you wake up from your bed. You tried
to take your first step to your alarm clock to snooze it.

“Ouch!!!” As soon as your right foot stand firm on the ground, you feel a stabbing pain at the bottom
of your feet near your heel. Your though you stepped on something; it could be a nail or the
legendary Lego block.

You check and realized that there is nothing on the floor!

This is the typical symptom of Plantar Fasciitis.

Yes, we are talking about Plantar Fascia, not the Planta butter.

Plantar refers to the sole of our foot. Fascia a type of connective tissue made up of mostly collagen.
Plantar Fascia is the Fascia along the bottom of your foot that connect your heel bones to your toes.
Plantar Fasciitis is the inflammation of the fascia in our foot sole.

Unfortunately, for many cases of plantar fasciitis, the cause is unclear.
In some cases, the repetitive stretching and micro tearing of the fascia can irritate the tissue and
causes inflammation.

Plantar fascia acts like a shock absorber in normal situation. If it happens to sustain a high tension or
stress for prolonged period, irritation and tear could occur.

Poor nutrition could make the fascia vulnerable and unable to withstand high stress.
Being overweight also increase the stress on the fascia tissues.

Explosive moves could also result in the tear of the plantar fascia.

As you can see, there are many ways your fascia can be damaged, making the real contributing cause
hard to trace.

High Risk Group
Be careful and take extra precaution measures if you are people of these category:
1. Age 40 – 60 – Plantar Fasciitis is very common after age of 40. This is the age that most
people start to have degeneration in connective tissues.

2. Abnormal foot arch - People with flat foot or high foot arch or abnormal walking pattern
can affect body weight distribution of the foot sole and causes uneven stress on plantar

3. Obesity – Obesity adds unnecessary weight to your foot. Whenever your stand up from
sitting position, or performing sports, the force exerted to your plantar fascia is amplified
through leveraged mechanism of our heel joint.

4. Long time standing occupation – Long hour standing may cause fascia tissue fatigue. If
repeated for long period then repetitive strain would injure the connective tissue.

Prevention Measure
Plantar fasciitis can be a nuisance and the pain could be disabling. Let us share some counter
measures for you to prevent the onset of plantar fasciitis.
1. Lost Weight! - This is the most effective ways to permanently reduce the load and stress to
your connective tissues. If you know you are on the heavier side of the scale, slim down
2. Avoid high-impact activities – At least not when you are among the high-risk group. Exercise
in moderation but extreme sport is not good for you.
3. Don’t go barefoot on hard surfaces – If your plantar fascia is irritated, stepping on hard
surfaces would make the pain worse.
4. Choose shoes with good support – Unfortunately for ladies, this could mean no high heels.
When you are at the high risk for plantar fasciitis, you are advised to wear footwear that
provide proper weight distribution at across your foot.