Plantar fasciitis is one of the most, if not the most, common causes of heel pain. This inflammation of the plantar fascia is commonly identified by a stabbing pain that is usually greatest when you take your first steps in the morning. Fortunately, plantar fasciitis treatment is non-invasive, and most patients are relieved after a few months.
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The plantar fascia is a thick, fibrous band of tissue that runs along the bottom of the foot, connecting the heel and the base of the toes. The plantar fascia plays a crucial role in foot mechanics and helps support the arch of the foot.
Plantar fasciitis involves the irritation and inflammation of the plantar fascia. It can be caused by a number of things, including but not limited to:
Plantar fasciitis is characterized by a stabbing pain in the bottom of your foot, or feet, near the heel(s). The pain is especially emphasized with the first steps after sleep or inactivity, but it can also be triggered by long periods of standing.
When you go to a doctor for plantar fasciitis, they will check for areas of tenderness in your foot and make a diagnosis based on your medical history and a physical examination. Usually, there are no necessary tests, but your health care provider may suggest an X-ray to make sure another problem is not causing the pain.
There are several options for plantar fasciitis treatment and most patients recover in just a few months with moderate methods such as stretching, adjusting or avoiding certain movements, or icing the affected areas. Pain relievers are sometimes used to mitigate pain and inflammation, and special devices may be used to relieve symptoms. Some tools include:
If these conservative methods don’t work after several months of plantar fasciitis care, your physician may recommend steroid or plasma injections, shock wave therapy, ultrasonic tissue repair, or surgery. Very few people need surgery and it can be performed through a small incision along with local anesthesia.