Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar Fasciitis involves inflammation of a thick band of tissue that runs across the bottom of your foot and connects your heel bone to your toes. It commonly causes stabbing pain that usually occurs with your first steps in the morning. As you get up and move more, the pain normally decreases, but it might return after long periods of standing or after rising from sitting.

Symptoms

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 rising from sitting.

Causes

If tension and stress on that bowstring become too great, small tears can arise in the fascia. Repetitive stretching and tearing can cause the fascia to become irritated or inflamed.

Treatment

Doing a series of exercises to stretch the plantar fascia and Achilles tendon and to strengthen lower leg muscles, which stabilize your ankle and heel. Custom orthotics help distribute pressure to your feet more evenly.

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