Plantar fasciitis is the irritation of the plantar fascia at its attachment to the calcaneus (heel bone). Frequently it is accompanied by calf tension, which causes an excess at the plantar fascia's attachment, through weight-bearing activities. This leads to micro tears and local inflammation in the plantar fascia. The sometimes painful pain is from the stretching of inflamed tissue.
Plantar fasciitis is particularly prone to develop in athletes and runners as a result of wide running and exercise. Plantar fasciitis occurs when the extended, flat tendon on the bottom of the foot (Plantar Fascia) stretches irregularly and develops small tears that cause the ligament to become reddened. The pain that results from this annoyance is usually most noticeable in the morning after getting out of bed. Putting sudden weight on the inflamed area after long periods of rest will cause stress on the area and unexpected, aching pain will result. Though, pain should collapse after a while of walking on the foot.
Athletes and runners are mainly prone to rising plantar fasciitis. Stress and tension on the plantar fascia muscle is what causes this condition to extend. Running long distances or putting recurring pounding on the heel of the foot during exercise often are enormous factors that can add excessive stress to the heel of the foot, consequently contributing to growth of plantar fasciitis.
While feeling this type of pain, it is best to stop running. Extra and needless strain on the heel will make worse the area even more, and cause the pain to become even harsher. To exercise without putting strain on the reddened plantar fascia, it is recommended that alternative activities be done as an alternative to running. Swimming and pool exercises are perfect as long as no strain is put on the heel of the foot. There are also exercises that can be done which stretch the plantar fascia and decrease irritation. Plantar fasciitis is a very ordinary injury that can put a runner out of charge for a long time if it's not treated early.