What is plantar fasciitis?
Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common causes of heel pain. This condition results in the inflammation of a thick band of tissue that runs across the bottom of your foot (plantar fascia).
Plantar fasciitis commonly causes stabbing pain that usually occurs with the first step in the morning or getting up after long periods of rest. Pain usually decreases with walking as the plantar fascia stretches out.
Plantar fasciitis is seen more commonly in people with ill fitting shoe gear or lack of support.
- Pain with the first step in the morning or after long periods of rest.
- Shooting pain the the heel.
- Swelling in the heel.
It is important to seek treatment early on. Continuing to walk while suffering from plantar fasciitis may result in plantar fascial tear, chronic pain, and extended rehabilitation. Treatment of plantar fasciitis may include:
- Stretching exercises
- Non-steroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAIDs)
- Steroid injections
- Custom orthotics
- Shockwave therapy
- PRP injections
- Surgical intervention
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