Plantar Fasciitis is diagnosed when the ligament, plantar fascia, becomes irritated and swollen, causing sharp pain around the heel of your foot. Most long distance runners suffer from plantar fasciitis, simply because of the consistent running.
Plantar Fasciitis is the result of consistent strain on the plantar fascia causing small tears within the tendon. Your plantar fascia acts as a shock absorber for the bottom of your foot. Some activities involving long distance running, ballet dancing, long hours of standing from a specific job, etc. Individuals between the ages of 40-65 are also at high risk of plantar fasciitis, due to mature age and decreased physical activity.
An individual may experience a variety of symptoms from plantar fasciitis. Early morning pain resulting from your first steps out of bed, is a miniscule issue compared to the number of other long-term symptoms stemming from this diagnosis. Irritation and random sharp pains to the heel of the foot are some of the other symptoms resulting from plantar fasciitis.
Treating this diagnosis initially will include periodic ice treatment for 20 minutes to reduce swelling and pain. Ibuprofen and over the counter pain relievers can assist with pain levels while recovering. Reducing any physical activity that can cause tension on the plantar fascia, will allow the tendon to recover at a better rate.