Plantar fasciitis is probably the most common cause of discomfort in the heel. The classic symptom of this problem is worse pain underneath the heel when getting up from rest, especially in the morning following a nights sleep. There are a number of issues which may contribute to this condition and there is most likely not a single issue, but more a combination or interaction of the factors. The treatment of most cases is aimed at removing the reason, so it is necessary for podiatrists to determine which issue or issues are there in each individual case before you start treatment.
Probably the most frequent cause is being overweight. This does sound right as it just loads up the arch of the feet because of the higher bodyweight and puts strain on the heel, creating the problem. Limited leg muscles may also be a often present issue in plantar fasciitis. The restricted leg muscles place higher stress on the arch of the foot. Higher levels of exercise are also an important factor. This is especially the case in athletes who get the problem. This also includes those people who are standing on their feet for hours on end at work, particularly if they are standing on a hard floor or carrying heavy weights. Another important factor is the biomechanics of the feet, with a lower arch specifically being a issue.
The treating of this condition is often difficult despite it being a common and widely recognized condition. All the factors in each patients case should be determined and the presence or absence of any one of them will be different from situation to situation. Once that is done a treatment strategy needs to be developed to treat each of the factors associated with the cause. This is possibly the most significant aspect of the therapy, as everything else that is used for this condition is quite likely to fall short unless they are dealt with. In addition to addressing the risk factors, treatment also need to be geared towards helping the tissues get better. For those who have any problems with Plantar fasciitis then you probably should seek advice from a good medical professional to get a suitable treatment program.