If you want to talk about common foot problems, there is little chance that you will have a conversation that does not involve plantar fasciitis. This common culprit of foot pain is an inflamed thick band of tissue, almost like a tendon, that provides stability between the toes and heel. Even though plantar fasciitis is one of the most common foot and ankle issues, you may be surprised to learn that a lot of people do not know the facts about this condition. Here are a few of the most common myths about plantar fasciitis and the facts that you should know if you are diagnosed by a foot and ankle doctor.
Myth: Plantar fasciitis is only an issue for people who are overweight.
Fact: Weight is not the only factor that can make you at risk for plantar fasciitis. Even the most active and fit people can develop this condition. In fact, it is common for runners and people who perform strenuous workouts to develop this issue.
Myth: Plantar fasciitis is not that serious and will just go away on its own.
Fact: Plantar fasciitis may be common, and in a lot of cases not a cause for concern. However, problems with extreme pain in your feet can actually be very serious. When your feet hurt, you will perform different physical actions in ways that may not be good for the rest of your skeletal system. For example, to compensate for the pain associated with plantar fasciitis, you may start to favor distributing the weight of your body to your other foot, which over time can cause issues and a lot of pain in your hips and lower back.
Myth: If you have plantar fasciitis, you have to stay off of your feet to find relief.
Fact: It is true that plantar fasciitis can come along with over-stressed and tired feet, and therefore, a little rest will do you some good. However, this is not the only way that you can see the condition improve. There are an array of different treatments that are usually professionally recommended. Some are as simple as wearing a support brace or stretching the area, others are more complicated, like surgery to disconnect the connecting tissue, which is only done in extreme cases.
When you know a little more about plantar fasciitis and the facts, you will be much better equipped to handle the problem. Talk openly with your podiatrist or foot and ankle specialist about concerns and questions you have, take care to heed their advice, and clear up any confusion that you may have about treatment.