If you suffer from Plantar Fasciitis, you might not think there’s much fun to be had when it comes from this painful condition.
We couldn’t agree more–but we still hope these interesting, surprising facts about Plantar Fasciitis make you smile, or at the very least give you a great addition to the conversation next time someone asks how your heels are feeling!
1. Problems with dorsiflexion
People with Plantar Fasciitis also typically have trouble with something known as dorsiflexion. That’s the movement in which the foot is brought toward the shin.
2. One in ten will struggle with plantar fasciitis
Just about 10% of the population will suffer from Plantar Fasciitis at some point during their lifetime. That’s a lot of people!
3. Age is a factor in plantar fasciitis
The age group most likely to be struck by Plantar Fasciitis is those between 40-60 years of age. In part, that’s because the tissue in the foot starts losing elasticity as we age!
4. Plantar fasciitis often heals without medical intervention
An incredible 90% of cases involving Plantar Fasciitis are self-limiting. Meaning, with 6 months of conservative treatment (including stretching, icing, and the use of orthotic inserts) the condition will greatly improve or be fully resolved!
5. Plantar fasciitis misdiagnosis is common
Plantar Fasciitis isn’t always the culprit when it comes to heel and foot pain. If you’re experiencing a lot of foot pain during the night, you may have a different foot problem called “Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome.”
6. The plantar fascia ligament absorbs an astounding amount of force
It’s incredible to think about, but during an average day, the total impact your feet absorb is equal to the weight borne by a fully loaded cement truck! It’s no surprise that this strain can wreak havoc on the plantar fascia if your arch isn’t properly supported!
7. The feet contain a quarter of all the bones in your body!
Here’s a fun fact about plantar fasciitis: A full quarter of the bones in your body are located in your feet–52 to be exact! When those bones are out of alignment, havoc can ensue, and plantar fasciitis is likely!
8. Women are more likely to experience plantar fasciitis
Did you know that the average woman walks 3 miles more every day than the average man? That might be why women are four times as likely to experience foot problems than men–or it could be the fact that 9 out of 10 women regularly wear shoes that are too small! Time to ditch the stilettos and grab a pair of orthotics, ladies!
9. One in five has high arches – which contributes to plantar fasciitis
Just about 20 percent of the population in the United States has high arches–a leading contributor to Plantar Fasciitis if not properly supported!
10. One in four has flat feet – also a factor in plantar fasciitis
On the other end of the spectrum, 60 million Americans (about 25% of the population in the United States) have flat feet–another major red flag for Plantar Fasciitis. Neither flat feet nor high arches absorb impact as well as balanced arches, and cause extra strain and trauma to the fascia.
11. Runners are more likely to have plantar fasciitis
You’ve probably heard about the connection between running and Plantar Fasciitis. Well, here’s why! The impact your feet absorb when you run can be as much as four times your bodyweight!
12. Sometimes all it takes is standing still to develop heel pain
Ever wondered why standing all day for work can feel so much more tiring than walking, even though you haven’t gone anywhere? It’s not all in your head! Standing in place is much more conducive to the development of plantar fasciitis, since strain is being placed on a few muscles over a long period of time, rather than spread over numerous muscles. Standing for long periods of time can put you on the fast-track to developing Plantar Fasciitis.
13. Plantar fasciitis information is underserved
Interestingly enough, there’s more websites out there dedicated to foot fetishes than to plantar fasciitis!
14. Professional athletes and celebrities have plantar fasciitis too
Celebrities’ feet are just as susceptible to Plantar Fasciitis as yours are! In some cases more so, when it comes to professional athletes, whose feet take quite the beating. A-list celebrities who have suffered from Plantar Fasciitis include Paris Hilton, Angelina Jolie, Albert Pujols, Pau Gasol, Peyton Manning, Tim Duncan, and Shaquille O’Neal.
15.Plantar fasciitis is expensive!
The yearly cost to treat Plantar Fasciitis in the United States is estimated at $284 million dollars–a lot of it spent on unnecessary surgeries and medical interventions!
So now you know a few lesser-known facts about Plantar Fasciitis!
But remember, the most important thing you should know when it comes to dealing with foot pain is how to find relief. And as you learned above, 90% of cases can be treated without invasive, expensive–and painful–treatments.
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