Plantar fasciitis (piriformis) in runners: Do you realize how often your foot strikes the ground? In a Runner’s World article, “A runner’s foot hits the ground about 1,500 times per mile, and the heel and its attaching tissues bear the brunt of that force.” Furthermore, “Drastic or sudden increases in mileage, poor foot structure, and inappropriate running shoes can overload the plantar fascia, the connective tissue that runs from the heel to the base of the toes.” At Caring Medical, we often see runners with plantar fasciitis who may have increased their mileage too quickly, run on hard surfaces (like the streets of Chicago), ran in old shoes, overpronate, and/or run on a sloped surface (such as streets with gutters.)
What are the symptoms of plantar fasciitis?
At Caring Medical, we find that symptoms of plantar fasciitis can occur either suddenly or gradually. When they occur suddenly, intense heel pain on taking the first morning steps or after sitting a long time, known as first-step pain, is usually involved. The foot tries to heal itself in a contracted position while the person is sleeping or sitting. Although this heel pain often subsides as the individual begins to walk around, it may return in the late afternoon or evening. When symptoms occur gradually, a more chronic form of heel pain causes individuals to shorten their stride while running or walking. Individuals may also shift their weight toward the front of the foot, away from the heel.
The treatment regimens suggested here are based on the experience of Caring Medical. They do not apply to every case or condition. A person using these recommendations without the aid of a personal physician does so at their own risk.
This information is provided for informational purposes only. It is essential to have your condition evaluated by your own personal physician.
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