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Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis is the inflammation of a band of tissue that connects the heel bone to the toes. Inflammation originates from tightening of the plantar fascia, which will tear instead of flexing as the foot moves. Complications with the knees, hips, or back are common because inflammation changes the athlete’s walking motion, stressing other joints. Pain is common after exercise, when getting out of bed, or after rising from periods of inactivity.

Symptoms

  • Sharp pain in heel or foot
  • Worst pain occurs after awakening
  • Also can occur after being seated or standing for prolonged periods of time

Treatment

  • Rest and ice
  • Keeping weight off your foot until the pain and inflammation subsides
  • Avoiding running, jumping, or walking without any support or cushioning
  • Use of Orthotics
  • Anti-inflammatory medication when necessary
  • Physical therapy and exercise to stretch your Achilles tendon and Plantar Fascia
  • Surgical procedures like a plantar fascia release or a fasciotomy if necessary

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