Needle Yoga Pose
• Most of the time it is possible to continue training when damage is minor. Common sense dictates that the possibility of tearing a tendon increases greatly if it is already swollen and sore. So if there is inflammation or strong pain, stop yoga and see a doctor.
• A tear may result in a collapsed ankle and/or foot.
• Significant damage may reduce ability to push off or stride normally, and can cause more severe Yoga Injuries in the hamstring and other areas, due to compensation.
Bottom of Heel (Often Inside) – May Extend Along Bottom of Arch to Front of Foot PLANTAR FASCIITIS LOCATION
• Can include any or all of these locations:
1. Bottom of the heel with possibly radiating pain up the sides.
2. Back of the heel.
3. The arch on the underside of the foot from the heel forward to the ball of the foot.
4. Very commonly it is felt on the inside of the heel, moving toward the arch area.
• Plantar fascia pain is first noticed on the bottom of the heel. It may also hurt on the underside of the foot in the arch or both locations at once. Pain after sitting or sleeping is characteristic especially when taking the first few steps in the morning. Usually the pain increases with lots of activity, but it will often warm up and decrease after a few minutes when walking or yoga. More severe cases will not warm up and may literally cause a person to limp. Milder cases may remain only slightly annoying and decrease with days of rest, only to return after a few days of training again.
Needle Yoga Pose Photo Gallery
• The Plantar Fascia is a tough flat strap of connective tissue that attaches to the bottom and forward part of the underside of the heel. It fans out to the ball of the foot. When you bend your toes up, you can feel the central slip of the band tighten and appear at the back of the arch near the heel. There are 2 other slips, one fans to the inner side of the arch and one runs to the outside of the arch near the bottom of the bone halfway up the outside of the foot (styloid process of the 5th metatarsal). Most Yoga Injuries involve stretching or tearing of a few of the fibers in this band anywhere from the heel bone forward.
Serious cases can involve a complete tear of this area and the band may become loose and no longer tighten as is normal. The purpose of the Plantar Fascia is to support the curved shape of the arch of the foot. If the fascia was absent the foot would no longer be a rigid structure at push-off. When it is inadequate, the foot remains loose and lacks spring which can cause overload of other joints. It is extremely rare that a plantar fascia injury causes a noticeable loss of arch height, although a mild fallen arch can occur. The tissue has a poor ability to repair itself because it is fibrous connective tissue lacking abundant blood flow. It can also pull away from the heel and cause true damage to the surface of the bone. Sometimes as it heals, a thickened area will temporarily form as repair tissue tries to bridge the weakened defect. If this tissue appears on the bottom of the heel, it can be mistaken for a heel spur. Some doctors call it bursitis, but it is not a true bursitis. Heel spurs can form at this junction, but spurs are unlikely to be a cause of pain. They nearly always are far above the surface we stand on. Heel spurs appear in many people who have never had heel pain, and we believe the spur is just a collection of calcium that is formed when inflammation is present. In some people the calcium can become so concentrated that it no longer can stay in solution and collects along the fibers of the fascia as in the formation of a crystal. There is no direct correlation with the presence of a spur and the amount of pain or recurrence.
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