Believe it or not, but heel pain is the number one complaint that podiatrists receive in their office; and rightfully so. Anybody that has felt this sharp burning discomfort in the bottom of their heel would almost do anything to relieve the pain. There are many different causes of heel pain but the one that I am going to focus on today is Plantar Fasciitis as per the request of our awesome readers.
WHAT IS PLANTAR FASCIITIS?!
I’m so glad that you asked. On the bottom of our feet, we have a thick band of tissue that is known as the plantar fascia. The function of this piece of tissue is to help support the arch of the foot in bearing the weight that the body will put on the feet. It is the exact same principle that is used in bridge building. The straight road AND the arch both work together to support the weight of the cars that drive across the bridge. Similarly, the plantar fascia and the arch of the foot support the daily stresses that our body weight puts on our feet.
Imagine for a minute if the bridge carrying the cars was not perfectly level, let’s say that while driving down the bridge you notice that the bridge is leaning more to the left side than the right. As you can imagine, a shifted weight on the bridge is going to cause added stress to one side of the bridge. This is the exact same principle with our feet. It is a rarity to find someone that has a perfect mechanism of walking. Most of us, especially those of us with flat feet will shift our weight to one side of the foot more-so than the other. This will cause more strain to be put on one side of the plantar fascia leading to inflammation and pain.