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.
is the Plantar Fascia?
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.
are the symptoms?
as dull, intermittent pain in heel or arch, progressing to a sharp,
piercing pain and/or inflammation through heel and foot that usually
occurs in the morning or after resting and gradually disappears
in calf muscles.
may be spontaneous.
Common causes of Plantar Fasciitis
activity or in association with aging.
is usually the result of athletic activity and can be very painful,
especially in the morning.
or high arched, rigid feet.
gain in short period of time.
hills or balls of feet.
How is Plantar Fasciitis treated?
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.
orthotics or arch supports.
of "relative rest" and ice to reduce inflammation. (The
problem often reoccurs if one rests completely.)
heel cord and plantar fascia.
exercises followed by icing.
of pain, especially in the morning after a warm bath or shower.
foot to maintain the arch and release tention off the plantar
anti-inflammatory medication to reduce the pain and inflammation.