What Happens If Plantar Fasciitis Is Not Treated ?

Plantar fasciitis is a fairly common condition, characterized by throbbing pain in the heel, and occurs in people between the ages of 40 and 60. 

The word ” fasciitis ” refers to inflammation of the plantar fascia , that is, from the sole of the foot to the heel, the area where this inflammation is generated and causes pain that makes it impossible to perform certain activities of daily life.

The pain felt by plantar fasciitis usually occurs in the early hours of the day, that is, when getting out of bed and taking the first steps, after a while the pain subsides, but it can return while doing other activities.

The activities where plantar fasciitis occurs frequently is where you stand for long periods or when you sit for a long time and then stand up, at which time the pain of plantar fasciitis makes these activities difficult.


What causes plantar fasciitis ?

The origin of plantar fasciitis is not known exactly, it can occur at any time, however, there are some factors that increase the risk of plantar fasciitis .

  • Age: People between the ages of 40 and 60 are at higher risk for plantar fasciitis .
  • Obesity: Excess weight in the human body has severe consequences on the feet .
  • Foot conditions : Flat feet or cavus feet can develop throughout life congenitally or simply due to foot injuries that change the way you walk and put more pressure on the heel and plantar fascia . 
  • Activities in which a lot of time is on your feet: Not only people who spend a large part of their working hours standing are exposed, but also athletes, who run long distances or who practice ballet put their feet at risk and increase the appearance of plantar fasciitis .

What happens if it is not treated?

The feet are the base of the entire human body, it is in charge of supporting all the weight, and maintaining a correct posture in the static and dynamic phases.

However, when there is a pathology that affects the health of the feet , the body posture is affected, as well as other parts of the body. Specifically in the case of plantar fasciitis, if not treated properly, the throbbing pain is so intense that little by little it changes the way you walk. Causing postural vices and affecting feet , knees, hips and back, causing muscle pain that requires treatment by a specialist.

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How to treat plantar fasciitis ?

Before treating plantar fasciitis , an evaluation by a specialist is necessary. At the Footlab Mediprax foot clinic we carry out a baropodometric study that consists of evaluating different phases of gait, to know the pressures of the foot and to be able to perform a correct diagnosis. 

At the Mediprax clinic, also depending on the characteristics of each patient, we choose special modifications for each need; And in the case of plantar fasciitis , we recommend the placement of a heel cup for the correct distribution of body weight, accompanied by a metatarsal bar with a retrocapital button made of a comfortable and durable material. In some cases, when presenting fibrosis in the plantar fascia , a heel cup with a hole is placed where you can release the pressure that occurs due to fibrosis. 


At the foot evaluation clinic in Puebla we have the experience of professionals in the evaluation of gait, design and manufacture of custom-made orthopedic insoles or orthoses. For more information click on the following link

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