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The human body is an incredible instrument that actively attempts to repair its wounds. However, while you can heal from various health conditions by allowing your immune system or bone development to run its course, particular injuries, like plantar fasciitis, will not heal completely on their own and can worsen until serious intervention is required.

What is Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar Fasciitis is an unpleasant inflammation of the plantar fascia, a thick ligament that connects the toes to the heel bone. The plantar fascia supports the arch on the bottom of the foot and absorbs some of the weight we put on our feet when we walk or stand. Plantar Fasciitis commonly occurs when the plantar fascia is sprained or stretched beyond its natural range, leading to inflammation and tiny tears.

Approximately 90% of plantar fasciitis cases respond well to conservative treatments; however, the longer it is left untreated, the longer it will take to recover and more complications may develop.

Common Risk Factors of Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis is a prevalent cause of foot pain. The following are risk factors for acquiring plantar fasciitis:

  • Wearing ill-fitting shoes
  • Age
  • Occupations that involve standing for long periods
  • Obesity
  • Certain sports, such as running, aerobic exercise and dancing

Consequences of Untreated Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis and heel pain symptoms generally appear gradually, but in some cases, they develop quickly. If heel pain and other plantar fasciitis symptoms (such as inflammation, redness and swelling in the foot) are not treated, significant consequences can arise, including:

Plantar Tears
Inflammation and tension on the plantar fascia can cause tiny tears in the fascia over time. Your pain will gradually worsen as a result, and if left untreated, these tears could multiply and enlarge, making the plantar fascia more prone to rupture and disablement.

Plantar Rupture
Plantar rupture can occur if plantar fasciitis is not treated and the individual continues to engage in activities (such as sports or prolonged standing) that impose significant stress on the plantar fascia.

Symptoms of a plantar rupture include:

  • A loud popping sound
  • Swelling and bruising in the foot
  • Extreme pain when placing weight on the injured foot

Plantar Fibromatosis
The formation of noncancerous, slow-growing nodules along the plantar fascia characterizes plantar fibromatosis. Often, the nodules develop slowly without being noticed, then suddenly start proliferating. Walking may become painful or uncomfortable as the nodules enlarge over time.
Heel Spurs

Heel spurs are a common side effect of untreated plantar fasciitis. Your body dispatches an army of cells to the affected area, where they deposit calcium to protect the arch of your foot and prevent further damage. Unfortunately, these deposits can accumulate over time and form sharp protrusions that puncture the fatty pad of the heel, causing severe pain with each stride.

Plantar Fasciitis Pain Relief

If you suffer from plantar fasciitis or arch pain, we can help you. Contact Full Range Spine & Ortho today to schedule a consultation.

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