How Long Does Plantar Fasciitis Last?
Ever had long days on your feet, where every bit of you aches, but you have a particularly sharp, stabbing pain in your heel that just won’t go away?
Before you dismiss this as just another after-effect of your long day, say hello to “plantar fasciitis”.
The most common cause of heel pain, plantar fasciitis occurs when you strain the flat, fibrous band of tissue that connects your toes and your heel bone (also known as the plantar fascia) causing tiny minuscule tears in the tissue, when strained past its limit.
Due to this, you end up with a pain in the heel and arch of your foot. While it may not seem too serious, the pain, irritation and swelling that comes along with plantar fasciitis could seriously throw you off and disrupt your peace!
How long will I have Plantar Fasciitis?
Generally, a mild case of plantar fasciitis can disappear on its own within 2 or 3 weeks, given that you properly care for your foot by wearing shoes that support you and icing your foot to reduce swelling.
However, more serious pain can take up to 6 weeks to disappear, as that is how long your tissue needs to repair itself. Another important thing to remember is that the disappearance of your plantar fasciitis condition rests entirely on you!
Seriously, resting your foot is good, but proactively trying to heal it is a better option.
There are various home remedies that you can use to treat your condition, such as ice and over-the-counter painkillers. In extreme cases, you may need serious medical attention, such as braces and supports and even surgery, in extreme cases.
Why Does Plantar Fasciitis Occur?
Well, plantar fasciitis could occur due to several reasons such as natural aging, long hours on your feet, running, weight gain, and shoes that don’t properly support your foot (Let’s face it, ladies. High heels are sexy, but heel pain isn’t.)
You can diagnose plantar fasciitis by the presence of pain (either dull or sharp) and stiffness in your heel or arch area, which develops over time. Though it generally occurs in either the left or right foot, it may also affect both feet.
As this is an inflammatory condition, you may also literally feel like Hell’s fires are licking at your feet, with a burning sensation that extends outward from the heel.
Plantar fasciitis generally hits you the worst in the mornings, or after long periods of feet inactivity. Like we said, the situation may not be too serious anatomically, but it can cause extreme pain even when you do routine things like climbing stairs or even walking!
Plantar Fasciitis, My Foot!
The most problematic thing about the condition is that most people dismiss heel pain as a routine occurrence before accepting that it could be a more serious condition. Ensure you don’t make the same mistake, and check for plantar fasciitis when you experience recurring heel and arch pain.