Plantar fasciitis is a common foot condition that affects the plantar fascia, a thick band of tissue that runs along the bottom of the foot. The plantar fascia connects the heel bone to the toes and helps to support the arch of the foot.
The most common symptom of plantar fasciitis is pain in the heel or arch of the foot, which is typically worse in the morning or after prolonged periods of standing or walking. The pain may be described as a sharp, stabbing sensation or a dull ache.
Risk factors for developing plantar fasciitis include obesity, high-impact activities such as running or jumping, and wearing shoes with poor arch support. Plantar fasciitis is also more common in individuals with flat feet or high arches.
Treatment for plantar fasciitis typically involves conservative measures such as stretching exercises, physical therapy, and the use of orthotic devices to support the foot. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) may also be recommended to reduce pain and inflammation.
In some cases, more aggressive treatments such as corticosteroid injections or surgery may be necessary to relieve symptoms. Your podiatrist can help you understand the most appropriate treatment options for your specific case of plantar fasciitis.
By seeking prompt medical attention and following a comprehensive treatment plan, individuals with plantar fasciitis can often achieve significant relief from pain and improve their overall foot health.