What Is Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is a condition of the plantar fascia, the ligament connecting the heel bone to the toes. Its function is to support the arch of the foot. This ligament becomes irritated, swollen, and weak, a condition described as inflammation. When the condition reoccurs chronically it becomes known as plantar fasciosis.

 

 

 

 

Causes & Symptoms

 

 

Plantar fasciitis is caused by straining the plantar fascia ligament. This strain is more likely to occur in middle-aged people and young athletes. People who work on their feet for long hours are more likely to incur this condition, as are people who:

  • Are overweight

  • Have flat feet

  • Have high arches

  • Have osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis

  • Have unusually tight Achilles tendons

  • Have unusually tight calf muscles

  • Walk with excessive pronation (rolling the foot inward when walking)

  • Wear shoes that don’t fit well

Symptoms include inflammation pain upon standing or when walking. This pain may be more pronounced upon first waking up in the morning or when moving after sitting still for a long time. Pain may worsen as the day goes on, or it may be worst after climbing stairs or after standing for long periods.

Treatments

How Is this Condition Treated with PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma)?

Platelet rich plasma injections, rather than countering the inflammation reaction, exaggerate it. By heightening the inflammation response occurring the foot, PRP tries to provoke the body’s own immune system to begin healing the inflammation.