GCJ's WHAT IS THE PLANTAR FASCIITIS ?|
by Laura Ramus, P.T., A.T.C.
The plantar fascia is a wide, inelastic ligamentous tissue that spands the entire bottom of the foot.
It supplies support to the arch of the foot.
This tissue can become strained from overuse, unsupportive footwear, a tight Achilles tendon or running on hard surface; most often, the cause of plantar fasciitis is chronic irratation.
Cross-country and track athletes are prone to overuse injuries in which the plantar fascia is continually strained from running and jumping. Basketball and volleyball athletes are also susceptible to plantar fasciitis from repeated jumping and landing.
An athlete with plantar fasciitis will experience pain and tenderness on the bottom of the foot near the heel. Untreated, this condition causes body imbalance which can lead to heel spurs, muscle strains, shin splints and other problems.
Besides treating with cold, the athlete must be evaluated by a trainer to determine and correct the cause. Often flat feet or high arched feet are the cause. In these cases correct shoes must be chosen, shoe inserts or orthotics applied and exercises prescribed.
If you have foot pain consult with your physician or trainer.
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