Plantar Fasciitis Symptoms


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      Symptoms of Plantar Fasciitis

      Plantar fasciitis typically causes a stabbing pain in the bottom of your foot near the heel. The pain is usually the worst with the first few steps after awakening, although it can also be triggered by long periods of standing or when you get up after sitting. The pain is usually worse after exercise, not during it.

      The main symptoms of plantar fasciitis include

      • heel pain,
      • foot pain,
      • stiffness, and
      • tenderness.

      The plantar fascia runs along the sole from the toes to the bottom of the heel. Excessive pressure on this part of the foot can cause small tears in the tissue. This damage leads to inflammation, pain, and stiffness.

      The most common symptom of plantar fasciitis is pain in the plantar fascia. The focus of the pain is usually near the heel, where it can feel as though the tissue is tearing.

      The pain may develop gradually over time. It can be worse after a period of rest, for example, first thing in the morning or after a long journey. Alternatively, the pain may worsen after exercise or activity.

      Heel spurs are small, bony growths on the bottom of the heel bone. People used to believe that heel spurs were responsible for plantar fasciitis, but they do not cause this pain.

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