A plantar fasciitis injury is one of the most annoying set backs a runner can suffer. Remember that the plantar fascia runs from your heel bone to your toes, and creates the arches in your feet. When that connective tissue becomes inflamed at the heel, you’ve got plantar fasciitis. It can take a long time to heal, and sometimes feels like it gets worse before it gets better. But how do you know if it’s just plain getting worse?
1. The pain does not fade during the day
A hallmark of plantar fasciitis is that it’s usually at it’s most painful first thing in the morning. After a night of rest and healing, it hurts a lot to put pressure on the inflamed point. After some use the pain typically lessens. If it doesn’t ease up at all and stays very painful throughout the day, it’s probably getting worse.
2. The pain increases over time
What a nightmare! It’s understandable to expect a condition like plantar fasciitis to take some time to heal. However, the pain should lessen slowly over time. If it’s actually getting so bad that you can’t bear to put pressure on your heels, it’s definitely not getting better.
3. The pain begins to effect your feet in new places
Plantar fasciitis pain is usually contained to the heel. It may be getting worse if the pain starts to spread into the arches of your feet as well. It may effect one foot more than the other, or spread just a little or into the full arch. There’s no doubt this can be very painful. Visit out plantar fasciitis injury page, to find out more about how Enertor Insoles can help reduce plantar fasciitis pain.
4. Your knees start to hurt
If your feet are constantly painful to walk on, it’s likely that your gait will change. As you try to avoid causing yourself more pain, you may start to put new pressure on your knees. This incorrect gait can cause your knees to ache by the end of the day.
5. Your hips and lower back start to hurt
If your gait is off, and your knees are out, then it’s likely that the dysfunction will refer upwards to your hips and lower back, too. If you don’t address the root of the problem (the plantar fasciitis) quickly, it can cause quite serious problems down the line.
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