One of the most common sources of heel pain is plantar fasciitis. Plantar fasciitis is a condition involving pain and inflammation of the plantar fascia, a band of tissue which runs across the bottom of the foot, supporting the arch and connecting the toes to the heel bone.
Plantar fasciitis is caused by a strain to the plantar fascia. This strain may come from poor gait, ill-fitting footwear, and excessive strenuous activity. Runners and other athletes are especially susceptible to the condition. Anyone who regularly wears shoes with poor support or is overweight is also at risk.
Common though it may be, plantar fasciitis can be excruciating, particularly in the morning, after long periods of standing, and when attempting to stand after spending time sitting or lying down. Those suffering from plantar fasciitis typically experience sharp stabbing pain when they put weight on the injured area, along with swelling, soreness, and weakness.
Treatment involves both addressing the injury and determining the root of the problem to avoid additional strain. On the more conservative side, some patients with mild injuries may be able to treat the condition with bed rest and over the counter medication, followed by a visit to the doctor to examine potential causes such as gait, posture, activity level, and weight. For more severe cases, your doctor may prescribe shots of medication, night-time splints, or other remedies. If these steps fail to alleviate pain within 6-12 months, surgery may be suggested.
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