Plantar Fascia Strain or Plantar Fascia Rupture: Causes, Symptoms, Treatment
The plantar fascia is a bulky connective tissue which helps in supporting the arch of foot. It traverses from heel bone towards the head of metatarsal bones (front of the foot).
Causes of Plantar Fascia Strain or Plantar Fascia Rupture
Strain or rupture of the plantar fascia commonly occurs due to a trauma or injury or it may gradually develop over a period of time.
Symptoms of a Plantar Fascia Strain or Plantar Fascia Rupture
- Pain and tenderness over the plantar fascia (sole of the foot).
- Abrupt pain at the arch/heel of the foot.
- In case of a partial rupture, a nodule or lump may be visible in the plantar fascia.
Treatment of Plantar Fascia Strain or Plantar Fascia Rupture
- Rest should be taken which is very important for healing.
- Crutches should be used to avoid complete weight-bearing.
- Cold therapy should be applied immediately and every 2-3 hours for 15 minutes at a time.
- Patient should visit a sports injury professional.
- The foot can be taped which helps in protecting the foot and keeping the strain off the foot.
- Ultrasound therapy can be applied.
- Sports massage techniques are also beneficial.
- Patient should start rehab and strengthening exercises.
- The Plantar Fascia Strain or Plantar Fascia Rupture commonly heals within two to three weeks.