Arch or Heel Pain – Plantar Fasciitis

Many patient’s I see have arch or heel pain, otherwise known as plantar fasciitis. The plantar fascia is a structure on the bottom of the foot which extends from the heel to the ball of the foot. When it is tight (bow-strung) it can cause inflammation and pain.

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Not surprisingly, shoes can cause plantar fasciitis, especially shoes that are excessively worn, too short in the arch or too flexible. If you have plantar fasciitis you will definitely want to evaluate your shoes. You should also try not going barefoot in the house.

If the pain persists, you will want to visit your podiatrist who may recommend calf stretches, anti-inflammatory medications (Motrin, Aleve) or give you a cortisone injection. Custom orthotics may also help. If you have morning pain, your podiatrist may want to fit you for a night splint which will keep your plantar fascia stretched out all night or show you how to tape if the pain persists.

Although plantar fasciitis is a common condition, the longer you wait to seek treatment, the harder it will be to resolve.

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One response to “Arch or Heel Pain – Plantar Fasciitis

  1. I thought i should go barefoot around the house…. i was wrong.

    This is the best advice i-ve read so far (ad i read a lot)
    Thanks.

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