Treatment options may include:
- Extracorporeal shock wave therapy
- Ice packs
- Strengthening exercises
- Night splints
- Pain relievers
- Physical therapy
- Ultrasonic tissue repair
- Difficulty walking and running
- First-step pain after periods of rest
- Foot pain
- Heel pain
- Heel spur
- Pain in the sole of the foot
- Stiffness and tenderness (particularly in the morning)
- Warm feeling
DIAGNOSIS / TESTS
Diagnostic tests include:
- Medical history review
- Physical examination
- X-ray or MRI (to rule out other issues)
Common forms include:
- Acute: Caused by an injury
- Chronic: Plantar fasciitis that lasts for more than one year, also known as plantar fasciosis
Causes & contributing factors may include:
- Abnormal foot position
- Abnormal walking gait
- Being overweight
- Flat feet
- High arches
- High-heeled shoes
- Inadequate shoe support
- Standing for long periods of time
- Tight Achilles tendons
- The plantar fascia is the largest ligament in the human body.
- Nearly 2 million people in the US have plantar fasciitis.
- Wearing different shoes with good support can often fix this condition.
- Plantar fasciitis is often mistaken for Baxter’s neuritis (distal tarsal tunnel syndrome), an entrapment of the first branch of the lateral plantar nerve.
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