With all the scientific technology of today, you would think that it would be easy, to explain exactly how and why something happens within the human body. However, the truth is, the average person doesn’t give much thought to the complexity of the human body, and even the experts find some things hard to explain.  The human body functions seamlessly, and all the parts fit together so perfectly, that there is rarely a need to look further unless something is not working properly.

When something hurts or is not functioning properly, we immediately know it.  Since the feet carry our whole body, when it hurts, we are well aware of it.  This body part is one example of a very complex body part, which many people do not give much thought to, unless, of course, there is a problem.  Some issues affecting the feet are Achilles tendons, tarsal bones, or bursar sacs. Unless a person is personally affected by these conditions, there is really no need to give them a second thought. Plantar Fasciitis is another such ailment of the feet, and below are some joint pain facts that may help you avoid this type of pain.

What is Plantar Fasciitis?

This ailment of the feet is very common among runners, but also, non-runners can be affected by this painful condition.  Stabbing pain on the bottom heel of the foot is a common symptom of plantar fasciitis.  Many people, who have experienced this pain, agree that it is worse when they first get out of bed and start to take their first few steps to start the day.  The pain can be triggered by standing for long periods of time or getting up from a seated position.

The pain is generated from a thick band of tissue (known as the plantar fascia), which is used a shock absorber when walking or running, becomes inflamed. Overtime and repeated stress on the area may cause a tear in the plantar fascia, and swelling due to this damage will occur.

Cause of Plantar Fasciitis pain

By reducing the risk factors, the exposure to incurring plantar fasciitis pain will also be reduced.

Certain types of exercises, such as dance aerobics or marathon running, which demand an excessive amount of heel use, may increase potential damage to the plantar fascia.

If you are on your feet all day (eight or more hours), you may be at a higher risk for injuries and ailments (such as plantar fascia) as your joints are under a great deal of constant stress.  If this is your situation, it is recommended that you take breaks often, to stretch and get off your feet.

Obesity is known to add stress to all joints of the body, especially the hips, knees, ankles and heels.  Reducing your weight and maintaining a healthy recommended body weight, will reduce joint pain (especially in the lower extremities).

Having flat feet may also be a contributing cause of foot problems down the road.  Due to foot mechanics that are not ideal, weight will not be evenly distributed, and over time, injuries can happen and pain can occur.

On the other hand, if you put your feet into poorly supported foot wear, you will be creating a faulty foot mechanic, which can cause the same damage as a flat footed person would endure.  Poorly supported footwear will result in weight being improperly distributed across the foot, and cause unnecessary added stress that may result in avoidable injuries.

How to Prevent Plantar Fasciitis

There are several ways deal with plantar fasciitis pain, but more importantly, below are things that can be done to prevent this pain.

1. Maintaining a healthy weight will definitely lower your risk of plantar fasciitis pain, as your feet will not have the added stress of unnecessary extra weight to carry.  

2. Wear only shoes that have good support.  This may cost you a little more upfront, but it will be well worth the cost because quality footwear will not only save your money in the long run, but you will also be side-stepping the risk of encountering pain that is avoidable.

3. Now that you have an investment on quality shoes, you must remember that they will not last forever.  Old shoes need to be replaced on a regular basis – your feet will thank you.

4. Stretch the arch of your foot.  By stretching the joint on a regular basis, flexibility will increase, and the risk of incurring pain will be decreased.  By keeping your joints flexible and supple, they will be able to withstand more movement and impact.  When joints are not exercised regularly, they will become stiff.

5. If and when pain, such as plantar fasciitis hits, apply a cold compress to the affected area. Ice will reduce swelling and numb the sensation of feeling pain.




Author's Bio: 

Sara Biston, a freelance article writer by profession. She has written numerous articles, online journals on health disorders, workouts, exercise and diet plans. She is also passionate about beauty and fitness. She has 6 years of experience in health and medical writing for beauty and medical communication industries. She also holds an education in Psychology that complements her belief of inner health. Her mantra is "Change your life by changing your mind. Today is a new day!"