Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common causes of heel pain. It causes pain and sometimes inflammation of a thick band of tissue known as the plantar fascia.
The plantar fascia is a long, thin ligament that lies directly beneath the skin on the bottom of your foot. It connects the heel to the front of your foot, and supports the arch of your foot. It is designed to absorb the high stresses and strains we place on our feet. However, too much pressure damages or tears the tissues which results in heel pain and stiffness
Plantar fasciitis commonly causes stabbing pain and it usually occurs with your very first steps in the morning when you get out of bed. Once your foot limbers up, the pain normally decreases, but it may return after long periods of standing or after getting up from a seated position. Runners, people who are overweight and people who wear shoes with inadequate support have higher risk of plantar fasciitis.
- Pain at the bottom of the foot.
- Pain with the first few steps after getting out of bed or after a long period of rest.
- Greater pain after exercises or an activity.
Treatment for plantar fasciitis consists of :
– Cortisone steroid injection which will reduce the pain and inflammation.
-Stretching exercises – Plantar fascia stretch. This helps to stretch your calves and plantar fascia to relieve the pain which is aggravated by tight muscles.
-Supportive footwear- Shoes with thick soles,extra cushioning or soft heel pads can reduce your pain with standing and walking. It reduces the tension which occurs with every step.
It is recommended to seek Dr Siow’s professional medical advise to provide an appropriate treatment for you.
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