Plantar Fasciitis

What is Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is a common condition that causes pain in the heel and bottom of the foot. It occurs when the plantar fascia, the thick band of tissue that runs across the bottom of the foot and connects the heel bone to the toes, becomes inflamed. This condition is particularly prevalent in runners, overweight individuals, and those wearing shoes with inadequate support. The pain is typically worse in the morning or after periods of sitting or standing for a long time.

What are signs & symptoms of Plantar Fasciitis?

Common signs and symptoms of plantar fasciitis include:

  • Sharp, stabbing pain in the bottom of the foot near the heel
  • Pain that is usually worse in the morning or after sitting for a long time
  • Pain that tends to decrease with movement but may return after long periods of standing or walking
  • Swelling or redness in the heel area
  • Tenderness in the bottom of the foot

What are some treatments and uses for Plantar Fasciitis?

Effective treatment options for plantar fasciitis typically involve:

  • Rest and reducing activities that put strain on the foot
  • Applying ice to the heel to reduce pain and swelling
  • Over-the-counter pain relievers, such as ibuprofen or naproxen
  • Supportive shoes and orthotic inserts to distribute pressure evenly
  • Physical therapy to strengthen the foot and lower leg muscles
  • Stretching for the plantar fascia, Achilles tendon, and calf muscles
  • In persistent cases, more intensive treatments such as corticosteroid injections, shock wave therapy, or surgery

It’s important to seek guidance from a healthcare provider or podiatrist to develop a personalized treatment plan, especially if symptoms persist. Early intervention can help alleviate pain and prevent chronic problems.