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How to diagnose and treat Plantar Fasciitis!

Plantar Fasciitis may not be something you have heard much of, yet is a very common issue that is estimated to be affecting over 2 million people in the US alone – the UK isn’t much further behind.

This is a condition that causes the bottom of your heel to hurt, sometimes incredibly painfully. ​Today, we will be going over our methods on how to diagnose, treat, and understand the science behind this.

Fun fact! The name ‘Plantar Fasciitis’ is derived from the word ‘plantar fascia’, which is a broad ligament that basically supports your feet and helps you walk.

WHAT ARE THE TELLTALE SYMPTOMS OF PLANTAR FASCIITIS?

The most obvious symptom would be the actual condition ‒ which is when the bottom of your heel starts to hurt, whether it be from one foot or both.

It should be noted that this pain can affect everyone in different ways, though it is common for the condition to get worse after being sedentary for a while. In addition, it can be sharp, dull, or even spread to other ligaments.

A very notable thing to emphasize is that people usually only feel the pain ​after ​exercise, and not during it; this is a rather difficult symptom to determine, and also makes it easier to ‘overwork or damage’ your feet unknowingly.

If you ever think you may be developing Plantar Fasciitis, don’t hesitate to go to a doctor for a physical checkup ‒ they will most likely just evaluate your coordination or sensitivity, though there are cases where MRIs have been involved.

WHAT CAN CAUSE THIS CONDITION TO OCCUR?

There is a multitude of reasons that Plantar Fasciitis could be happening to you. Arguably the most common one is that you’ve constantly stretched, or torn, your fascia ‒ causing it to become irritated and damaged.

Additionally, obese or overweight people are more likely to start developing this condition; this is because the extra fat can add more pressure to your ligaments, hence meaning your feet have to support that much more weight.

Strangely enough, you can also start suffering from this when you are ​too ​active ‒ mainly if you’re a runner or on your feet 24/7!

HOW CAN YOU TREAT THIS?

We’d strongly advise going to see a qualified podiatrist just like ourselves but a simple home remedy you could try is applying ice to your feet a few times a day (that’s it!). This stops further swelling, and can generally help numb the pain a bit.

Physical therapy plays a major role in any successful recovery; it can help strengthen your muscles and balance. However, there are more drastic measures needed for serious cases ‒ some of which being ​extracorporeal shock therapy​ or ​gastrocnemius recession​.

One major tip would just be to take it easy; doing regular stretching exercises while avoiding putting too much strain on your feet can already help a ton. Additionally, it might be worthwhile to invest in some arch supports or casts.

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How to deal with sweaty feet!

Sweaty feet can surprisingly be a terrible thing to experience. With over 250,000 sweat glands, it can get really unpleasant to deal with this issue.

But why does this even happen? Well, sweating is a critical process our body undergoes to cool ourselves down, and control body temperature. Almost every single body part does this, including our feet!

Did you know there is a condition, called ​plantar hyperhidrosis, ​that causes the excessive sweating of the feet? A staggering 5% of the world population suffer from this.

We aren’t trying to scare you, but if left untreated ‒ you can contract diseases, blisters, infections, and other nasty things! Today, we are going to share our methods for preventing and handling sweaty feet, ranging from home remedies to various treatments.

WASH YOUR FEET DAILY

To save yourself all the struggles in the first place, you can simply dedicate some of your time every day to washing your feet every day. This completely wipes out any bacteria lingering around, and also stops terrible foot odor from emerging.

PICK THE RIGHT SOCKS

You need to prioritize wearing dry and clean socks, especially if you usually wear closed-toe shoes. Make sure to avoid manmade or synthetic materials, since this can trap moisture and lead to odor-related problems (similarly to shoes).

APPLY FOOT DEODORANT OR ANTI-PESPIRANT SPRAY

If deodorants can be used for armpits, is it that hard to believe they can also work for smelly feet? Regardless, an efficient spray can deal with the foul smell, stop incessant sweating, ​and​ protect your feet from bacteria.

SOAK AND DRY YOUR FEET

Foot soaks can work wonders; they can actually kill all sorts of parasites, as well as leave your feet clean as a bonus! The most common treatments involve apple cider vinegar, natural oils, and salts.

Residual moisture can lead to bacteria forming however;​ so after cleansing your feet, make sure to dry them well, in every nook and cranny! You should also make a point to keep your shoes and socks dry as well.

WEAR THE APPROPRIATE SHOES

Getting shoes made out of natural materials (avoid plastic in particular!) is a simple yet effective solution ‒ this is because such substances allow some ‘breathing room’ for your feet. In addition, make sure your shoes are the correct size; if they are too tight, this can lead to ​more​ sweating.

USE POWDERS

Applying an anti-fungal foot powder can help absorb excess moisture. According to Doctor Stephen Weinberg, roll-on products are more effective than sprays, since most of the latter’s “antipespirant action is lost in air”.

If you don’t have such powders on hand, there are many alternatives you can use ‒ some of which being baby powder, cornstarch, and baking soda; t​hese serve the same purpose by keeping your feet dry.

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Your shoes and foot pain!

Your shoes could be the culprit for your foot pain! Wearing shoes beyond their life span, the wrong style of shoe, or an incorrect shoe size can impact the health of your feet!

Keep in mind:

Your trainers may wear out after 400 or 500 miles and no longer provide the support you need.

High heels and shoes without proper arches or support (like flip-flops) can damage your feet !

Your feet can change in size during your lifetime (even when you’re an adult) 👣

Consider purchasing new, well-fitting shoes to help your aching feet. Shoes that provide proper arches can give your feet new life. Also, wear shoes that work for whatever activity you’re engaging in. For example, wear trainers made for exercising when exercising.

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What is Plantar Fasciitis? How do I know if I have it?

Plantar fasciitis causes pain in the bottom of the heel. It stems from the plantar fascia which is a thick, weblike ligament that connects your heel to the front of your foot. The plantar fascia supports the arch of your foot and helps you walk.

Unfortunately, this painful condition is one of the most common orthopedic complaints. This is often down to that fact that the plantar fascia ligaments experience a lot of wear and tear in your daily life – especially so if you’re more active or on your feet more than most. Normally, these ligaments act as shock absorbers, supporting the arch of the foot but too much pressure on your feet can damage or tear the ligaments. This is then when the plantar fascia becomes inflamed, and it’s the inflammation that causes heel pain and stiffness.

The most common complaint of people with plantar fasciitis is pain on the bottom of the heel, but some will experience pain at the bottom mid-foot area. This won’t come on overnight but instead develops gradually over time. It usually affects just one foot, but it can affect both feet. The type of pain people experience does very with some people describing the pain as dull, while others experience a sharp pain. Additionally, some people will feel a burning or ache on the bottom of the foot extending outward from the heel.

The pain is usually at its worst in the morning when you take your first steps out of bed, or if you’ve been sitting or lying down for a little while. Climbing stairs can also be difficult due to heel stiffness. After prolonged activity, either from exercise or standing for a sustained period of time, the pain can flare up due to increased inflammation. More often than not, the pain isn’t felt during the activity but rather just after stopping.

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