Plantar Fasciitis: Do you feel pain or stiffness on the bottom of your foot when you step out of bed in the morning? While running? After sitting for long periods of time?
Do you feel pain or stiffness on the bottom of your foot when you step out of bed in the morning? While running? After sitting for long periods of time?
If yes, chances are that you may have plantar fasciitis.
Plantar fasciitis is inflammation of the thick tissue on the bottom of the foot. It connects the heel bone to the toes and creates the arch of the foot.
- Arch problems (both flat feet or high arches)
- Obesity or sudden weight gain
- Long-distance running (especially downhill or uneven surfaces)
- Tight Achilles Tendon
- Shoes with poor arch support
- Dull or sharp pain, stiffness, ache or burn in the bottom of heel
- Usually worse when you take your first steps in the morning
- After standing or sitting for a while
- After intense activity
- May develop slowly over time or sudden onset after intense activity
- Physical therapy to help stretch, strengthen and eliminate pain.
- Anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs) to reduce pain and inflammation
- Heel stretching
- Rest from exercise/activity
- Wearing shoes with good support
- Night splints to slowly stretch plantar fascia and allow tissue to heal
** If above treatments do not work your doctor may recommend:
- Wearing a boot cast 3-6 weeks
- Custom made orthotics
- Steroid shots into the heel
Non surgical treatments usually work, however plantar fascia may last for many months to years.