What is Plantar Fasciitis?
Plantar fasciitis arises from chronic overuse of ligamentous structures within the foot. The plantar fascia ligament is a band of tissue that runs from the ball of your foot to your heel.
Causes and Symptoms
Over time this ligament can be become overly tightened leading to inflammation, swelling and heel pain. This pain tends to be worse in the morning, with improvement after the first few steps.
Plantar fasciitis is a common condition that can be treated successfully with conservative measures. These include:
- Rest and icing
- Anti-inflammatory medications (such as NSAIDS)
- Shoe modification
- Night splints
- Physical therapy
- Custom orthotics
- Corticosteroid injection
Minimally invasive surgery is considered if a patient does not respond to conservative treatment.
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