Plantar Fasciitis Symptoms and Treatment
In my opinion, getting out of bed in the morning in and of itself is an unpleasant task, so my heart goes out to those suffering from plantar fasciitis, a condition whose symptoms include a stabbing sensation in the heel that often coincides with the first steps of the day. This pain may also flare up when you begin moving around after sitting or after engaging in intense activity.
The condition’s name is derived from the plantar fascia, which is the thick tendon that connects your heel and your toes, creating the arch in your foot. Extra pounds, non-supportive shoes, long periods standing on hard surfaces and certain athletic activities that put a lot of stress on that region of the foot, such as ballet or distance running, can cause this tendon to tear and become irritated, which leads to sharp pain in the heel.
Thankfully, most cases of plantar fasciitis can be treated via relatively conservative methods, including staying off your feet, stretching the arches, icing the foot, adding orthotic plantar fasciitis insoles to your shoes and wearing night splints to promote healing while you are sleeping.
Physical therapy aimed at strengthening your feet and lower calves can also improve the distribution of pressure across your feet, providing plantar fasciitis relief and helping to prevent another flare up.
Anti-inflammatory pain relievers can be taken for pain relief or cortosteroids may be applied via injection or as a solution to the affected region. In more extreme cases, shockwave therapy or surgery may be considered.
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