If you’re super active (think runners or fast-paced sports enthusiasts), there’s a good chance you’ll deal with plantar fasciitis at some point.
Even if you’re not the most active person, you could develop this irritating condition that causes pain in your heel that’s most noticeable after a long period of rest.
Plantar fasciitis develops when the plantar fascia, a ligament that runs along the bottom of your foot connecting your heel to the front of your foot, becomes damaged or torn, and consequently, inflamed.
The inflammation can cause the pain in your heel and stiffness in your foot.
Frequent running is a risk factor for this ailment, as well as tight calf muscles, significantly high arches and obesity.
Your doctor will check for pain points on your foot to diagnose the condition. Sometimes a doctor will recommend an X-ray to make sure it’s not a stress fracture causing your pain.
Once diagnosed, the fix is non-surgical, though it can take a while (six months to a year) to ease the symptoms.
Most people will be able to heal their feet with this treatment regimen. Some doctors also recommend physical therapy. If, after a year of non-surgical treatment, the pain continues, your doctor may recommend surgery.
Dr. Priya Jimmy is an internal medicine physician with Elmhurst Clinic. View her profile and schedule an appointment online.
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