Now all the festivities are over, and we have smashed through blue Monday last week – (apparently, the most depressing day of the year! – Mon 15th January), we are all probably thinking about the aches and pains 2018 is bringing us.
Many of us will have been increasing our time in the gym to drop those last few Christmas pounds, in the hope of getting in shape ready for summer holidays.
But those few extra hours we spend getting in shape could also be doing us some damage. Our feet take a beating at the best of times let alone when we are carrying that extra weight and exercising heavily to get rid of it.
Plantar Fasciitis is the most common cause of heel pain in the population. It is most commonly seen in the middle-aged demographic, although anyone who is on their feet a lot e.g. athletes, soldiers may also suffer.
The plantar fascia is a band of tissue that spans the length of the foot, from the toe joints to the heel, supporting your arch.
Plantar fasciitis is caused by overuse or straining the ligament. Repeated injury can cause tiny micro tears and lead to pain and swelling in the area, particularly at the point of insertion into the heel bone.
- Feet rolling inward when walking
- High arches or flat feet
- Walking, Standing or Running for long periods
- Ill-fitting shoes/worn out shoes
- Tight Achilles or Calf muscles
The most common symptom is pain and/or swelling in the heel, worse with the first few steps taken in the morning or after a period of rest. Other symptoms may include pain when climbing the stairs or pain after standing for a longer period.
Self-diagnosis can lead to a misdiagnosis and is always best to get checked by a qualified podiatrist to confirm and give a specialised treatment plan, designed specifically for you. The Forest Foot and Health Clinic have over 20 years of experience in the successful treatment of plantar fasciitis
As Sunday 21st January is National Hugging Day, lets hug out heel pain! Take a quick break from exercise, rest with your feet up, and stamp out Plantar Fasciitis for good. During exercise the hormone serotonin is released, the same hormone released as when you receive a hug from a loved one. So leaving the gym 5 minutes early to get home and hug your loved ones is just as effective as exercising, making you happy and it may also just reduce the strain on your feet!