Do you have plantar fasciitis? You may know it as a heel spur, as this is one of the more common names it is known by. Others refer to it as heel pain, but whatever you know it as, you will recognise the sharp pain that shoots through the heel, usually first thing in the morning, or after a period of sitting. A plantar fasciitis foot injury is certainly no fun at all, and it can mean you struggle to walk properly when it flares up.
So, how might you suffer this injury to begin with? Well, the plantar fascia is a band of tissue that runs under the heel. Think of it as a shock absorber, absorbing some of the impact you incur to your heel with every step. If you tear this tissue, you’ll feel the tear manifesting in pain in your heel.
How can you get a plantar fasciitis foot injury?
Sometimes, simple wear-and-tear will be the main cause. That is why you are more prone to getting heel pain the older you get. After all, we’ve done more walking by the time we get to a more advanced age.
However, this foot injury can also occur after a sudden tear occurs to the plantar fascia, rather than microtears that occur over a long time. If you fall, for example, and land heavily on your feet, a tear to this tissue could occur just as easily as a broken bone or another injury to your feet.
Is this an injury you could claim compensation for?
If you suffer heel pain and it seems to occur suddenly, especially following an accident, you should always see your GP. It’s possible the pain is related to a fracture, or to a tear in the band of tissue across the heel. Either way, you will feel considerable pain and you might find it difficult to walk on the affected foot.
If an accident was the cause of your plantar fasciitis foot injury, do make sure you speak to someone who can help at Accident Advice Helpline. You can do this by calling 0800 689 0500, or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile. When you do, we can provide no-obligation advice on whether a compensation claim would be advisable to make in your case. With our support, you are in prime position to consider a claim.
Category: Foot injury claim