The plantar fascia is a thick connective tissue found at the bottom of the foot. It functions not only to connect the heel and the metatarsals, but to also provide support the bottom of the foot when walking and running.
A common condition that affects the plantar fascia is plantar fasciitis. This condition is a common cause of heel pain. People who suffer from this are usually athletes who repeatedly run or walk for a long duration of time. It’s also common among overweight and obese individuals, since it increases wear and tear on the plantar fascia.
Runners are athletes prone to developing plantar fasciitis. Plantar fasciitis is the common cause of heel pain due to the wear and tear on the plantar fascia. According to statistics, 10 percent of runners will most likely experience this in the duration of their careers. However, this might be a conservative estimate. All over the US, 2 million Americans are suffering from the condition.
Plantar Fasciitis is one of the most common symptoms every Orthopedic Surgeons receive from an outpatient complaint. It is an inflammation, which is characterized by pain and stiffness, in the heel and in the bottom of the foot. This often causes severe pain while moving or walking leading to patient’s inability and self-restraining from moving the foot itself.