Plantar Fasciitis (pronounced "PLAN-ter fash-ee-EYE-tus"), one of the most common causes of heel pain, presents itself when there is an issue with the long band of tissue that runs across the bottom of the foot. This long band is called the plantar fascia, and it creates the arch of the foot by connecting the heel bone to the toes.
If your plantar fascia is irritated or inflamed, a likely result is heel pain often described as a stabbing feeling in the foot. Most patients agree that the pain is triggered after long periods of rest. For example, they might feel pain in their foot when they take their first steps out of bed or after sitting or lying down for a while. Other patients, such as athletes, feel pain after prolonged periods of activity or exercise (but not during).
Along with plantar fasciitis, many patients suffer from heel spurs, a bony projection in the heel. A common misconception is that heel spurs cause plantar fasciitis, but most heel spurs cause no symptoms and many go undetected for years.
The following are risk factors for developing plantar fasciitis:
- Being overweight/ obese
- Age (between ages of 40 and 60)
- Tight calf muscles
- Faulty foot mechanics such as high arches or flat feet
- Impact activity from running or other sports
- New or increased activity
- Occupations that require you to spend long hours on feet
Some simple treatments that you can do from the comfort of your home include rolling a frozen water bottle underneath your foot and stretching your calf muscles multiple times a day. You could also do a towel stretch by using a towel to pull the top part of your foot back towards you while sitting down.
If you suffer from a more severe case of heel pain, come see us. Some of our treatments include taking an oral anti-inflammatory, cortisone injections, shoe orthotics, and night splints. Call our office to schedule an appointment today.
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