- Q What is plantar fasciitis?
Dr. Michael Roizen, Internal MedicineOne of the most common injuries among runners, plantar fasciitis doesn't just affect those who gallop for a living or for recreation. The result: Intense pain in the foot and heel (and a lovely looking limp to boot). The plantar fascia is a thick... Full Answer
- Q What causes plantar fasciitis?
Rick Olderman, Physical TherapyThe plantar fascia on the bottom of the foot becomes inflamed when overused or overly stressed. Most plantar fasciitis is due to a combination of overly stretching the plantar fascia and excessive loading of the fascia. There are several factors that... Full Answer
- Q Could heel pain after sitting a long time be a sign of plantar fasciitis?
Dr. Anthony Komaroff, Internal MedicineYour symptoms sound like plantar fasciitis.The plantar fascia is a tough band of tissue. It runs from the heel along the sole of the foot toward the toes. This common and painful condition is due to tears and inflammation of the plantar fascia. People... Full Answer
- Q What are the symptoms of plantar fasciitis?
Dr. Jill Grimes, Family MedicineThe classic symptom of plantar fasciitis is intense heel pain that is worse after rest. If you wake up to go to the bathroom and those first few steps hurt like crazy, then the pain gradually eases up with more steps, then chances are that this is... Full Answer
- Q What are some nondrug treatments for plantar fasciitis?
Dr. Christopher Chiodo, Orthopedic SurgeryIf you have plantar fasciitis or inflammation of the plantar fascia, it may help to do gentle stretching exercises to restore suppleness. You can also try purchasing over-the-counter cushion inserts and wearing supportive low-heeled shoes to ease... Full Answer