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Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common causes of heel pain. It is the inflammation of the plantar fascia that connects your heel bone to your forefoot. It is very common about runners and athletes who are constantly on their foot. People who are overweight and who wear shoes with inadequate support tends to have higher chance of sustaining plantar fasciitis.

Causes

Plantar fasciitis is an overuse injury that is usually due to constant tension and stress. Repetitive stretching and tearing can cause irritation and inflammation to the fascia. The strength and condition of the fascia can also be affected by various risk factors such as age, obesity and foot mechanics.

Symptoms

  • Stabbing pain in the bottom of your heel. W
  • Worst during the first few steps upon awakening, long periods of standing or rising from sitting.
  • The pain is usually intensified after exercises, not during it.

Treatment

Plantar fasciitis responds well to conservative treatments including RICE (Rest, ice, compression and elevation), unless the pain is intensified or fascia has ruptured. In which case, doctors might suggest other more intrusive treatments.

For conservative treatments, you may consider over-the-counter pain medications – such as Ibuprofen or Naproxen. More importantly, shoe insoles or wedges should be worn immediately to distribute the pressure around your feet evenly. Some exercises such as stretching and strengthening can also shorten the recovery period. In addition, to facilitate stretching during sleep, it is recommended to wear night splints that stretches the arch of your foot.

If several months of conservative treatments don’t work or plantar fascia has ruptured, your doctor may suggest surgery, injection and shock wave therapy.

Prevention

There are many ways to prevent Plantar fasciitis. Some simple ways are to increase your physical activities level gradually and avoid long periods of resting. While maintaining regular physical activities is recommended, it is important to also include some stretching and strengthening regularly to prepare and condition your ligaments. Most importantly, the shoes that you wear shoe provide cushion for the heels and insoles for firm arch support to distribute the pressure around your feet evenly.

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