Plantar fasciitis is a common type of heel pain caused by a strain in the plantar fascia. The plantar fascia is a ligament that connects the heel bone to the toes, crossing the bottom of the foot and supporting the arch. When the band of tissue becomes swollen and inflamed, heel and foot pain results. Plantar fasciitis occurs more frequently in runners, people whose jobs involve long periods of standing, and those carrying extra body weight.
Plantar fasciitis usually causes sharp pain at the bottom of the foot around the heel. Pain is usually worse in the morning upon waking, but starts to reduce after walking. It may occur again later in the day after long periods of standing or walking. Pain usually isn’t a problem during exercise, but it may flare up after an activity.
The plantar fascia acts as a shock absorber in conjunction with the arch of the foot. With repeated stress and stretching, small tears occur in the fascia and damage doesn’t have a chance to heal before receiving more stress. This repeated stretching and tearing leads to inflammation and irritation of the fascia, resulting in its distinctive pain.
Certain risk factors increase a person’s chance for developing plantar fasciitis. These factors include:
Dr. Shabazz performs a thorough exam to test your nerve and muscle health. This involves testing:
In some cases, an X-ray or ultrasound may be used to determine a diagnosis.
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