Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis is a common cause of heel pain in adults and is caused by repetitive strain. It is an inflammation of the plantar fascia and is a clinical diagnosis based on a history and examination completed by a physician.

What is the Plantar Fascia?

The Plantar Fascia is a ligament structure that supports the longitudinal arch of the foot. It is a tough, fibrous band of connective tissue that runs from the heel bone to the ball of the foot.

What are the symptoms?

Starts as dull, intermittent pain in heel or arch, progressing to a sharp, persistent pain.
A sharp, piercing pain and/or inflammation through heel and foot that usually occurs in the morning or after resting and gradually disappears with walking.
Tightness in calf muscles.
Symptoms may be spontaneous.

Common causes of Plantar Fasciitis

Increased activity or in association with aging.
Inflammation is usually the result of athletic activity and can be very painful, especially in the morning.
Flat feet or high arched, rigid feet.
Poor supporting shoes.
Large weight gain in short period of time.
Running on hills or balls of feet.
Running on uneven surfaces.

How is Plantar Fasciitis treated?

Wear proper shoes. Running or sports shoes with excellent support, no or minimal heel, and well cushioned soles. Padded or gel inserts or arch supports may also be used.
Wearing custom orthotics or arch supports.
Get periods of "relative rest" and ice to reduce inflammation. (The problem often reoccurs if one rests completely.)
Stretch the heel cord and plantar fascia.
Perform stretching exercises followed by icing.
Massage area of pain, especially in the morning after a warm bath or shower.
Tape the foot to maintain the arch and release tention off the plantar fascia.
Take non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication to reduce the pain and inflammation.

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