Between 20% and 30% of all people will suffer from plantar fasciitis, in one of its stages, during their lifetime.
Plantar fasciitis is an inflammation of fibrous ligament crosses the foot sole and connects the the calcaneal spur (heel) with the toes (plantar fascia)
It is furthermore one of the most frequent pathologies treated in foot clinics and one of the most common orthopedic foot ailments. It affects both men and women.
The plantar fascia has an essential function when walking, it supports the sole arch and absorbs the impact when walking, returning the energy that’s produced when the foot impacts against the ground. It furthermore, se encarga de proteger los metatarsianos evitando un exceso de flexión de los dedos.
What causes plantar fasciitis?
There is no unique cause for the appearance of this ailment. It is however more common among runners or persons with overweight.
Persons most susceptible of suffering from plantar fasciitis are: :
- those with plantar arch issues (both those with flat feet and those with high arches).
- those who run long distances or on uneven surfaces. As a matter of fact, it is one of the most common injuries among long-distance runners.
- obese persons or those suffering sudden weight gain.
- those suffering from stress on the Achilles tendon.
- those using shoes with insufficient arch support or soft soles.
- those with changing activity levels.
- those wearing flip-flops in summer. In summer we tend to increase our physical activity and we walk more. This is why after summer, many people suffer from plantar fasciitis.
Symptoms of plantar fasciitis
Inflammation occurs when this thick band of tissue in the foot sole (fascia) is stretched or strained too much. This can be painful and make walking difficult..
The most common symptom is pain and stiffness of the lower heel. It can be a dull or sharp pain that tends to worsen in the following situations:
- In the morning, when taking the first steps of the day
- After standing still or sitting for a while
- Walking up stairs
- After intense physical activity
- When walking, running and jumping during sports
During the first six months, the pain appears in the morning, when getting up and taking the first steps but then recedes. After those first six months, the pain becomes chronic and latent all day long. This is why plantar fasciitis has a very negative impact on life quality, as it impedes carrying out normal physical activity due to the pain it causes.
Treatment of plantar fasciitis
Medical treatment options tend to be quite limited: medication, rest and the use of adequate footwear offering good support and shock absorption.
Capenergy’s radiofrequency devices have a big impact on the inflammation and hence on the pain, two factors that are continuous in plantar fasciitis.
Treatment with Capenergy radiofrequency will help you:
- Improve local blood flow, increasing oxygenation and speeding up cell regeneration.
- Reduce inflammation and pain.
- Improve muscular coordination and action.
- Improve the tissue of the plantar fascia through fiber reorganization. .
- Reducing recovery time.
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