Plantar Fasciitis


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      What is Plantar Fasciitis?

      Plantar fasciitis (PLAN-tur fas-e-I-tis) is one of the most common causes of heel pain. It involves inflammation of a thick band of tissue that runs across the bottom of your foot and connects your heel bone to your toes (plantar fascia).

      Plantar fasciitis commonly causes stabbing pain that usually occurs with your first steps in the morning. As you get up and move, the pain normally decreases, but it might return after long periods of standing or when you stand up after sitting.

      Plantar fasciitis is more common in runners. People who are overweight and those who wear shoes with inadequate support also have an increased risk of plantar fasciitis.

      With plantar fasciitis, you suffer from chronic pain in the bottom of your heel or the bottom of your foot.  While it may feel like inflammation, it is associated with a degenerative problem involving the tissue that connects your toes to your heel bone. Plantar fasciitus happens a lot with runners and people who have flat feet, high arches, are overweight, or who are on their feet a lot.

      It can take 6-12 months for your foot to get back to normal. You can do these things at home to ease the pain and help your foot heal faster:

      Rest: It's important to keep weight off your foot until the inflammation goes down.

      Ice: This is an easy way to treat inflammation, and there are a few ways you can use it.

      To make an ice pack, wrap a towel around a plastic bag filled with crushed ice or around a package of frozen corn or peas. Put it on your heel 3 to 4 times a day for 15 to 20 minutes at a time.

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