Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar Fasciitis
If you feel sharp heel pain, you may have plantar fasciitis. It's common among older people and especially among athletes. Plantar fasciitis develops when ligaments that support the arch become strained and the pain and stiffness gets progressively worse. Rest, ice, stretching and pain relievers all help, but you may also need a new pair of running shoes.

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    Plantar fasciitis has no affect on your body, other than the injured foot. Plantar fasciitis is painful, but if left untreated, it causes no more serious harm. The only issues that come with leaving  plantar fasciitis untreated is that most patients try to compensate for their painful heel and change the way in which they walk. This could contribute to pain in the knees, hips, back and possibly elsewhere.

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    A , Internal Medicine, answered
    This is one battle you don't want to charge into. In fact, the more you rest your foot, the better, at least for a week or so. Your plantar fascia -- the thick ligament connecting your heel to your toes -- needs a time out, since inflammation (the "itis" in fasciitis) is often from overuse. That's why it's common in runners. A tight Achilles tendon, a high arch, wearing shoes with high heels, poor arch support or worn soles or being very overweight can take a toll on your sole, too.

    Giving your foot a break doesn't mean you have to sit around. Switch to activities like swimming or rowing (indoors or out), or use weight machines that don't press on your feet. Meanwhile, these remedies will ease that hot-coals feeling in your heel:
    • Give yourself a 10- to15-minute ice massage twice a day. Roll your foot back and forth over a can of frozen juice to increase blood flow and help break down adhesions from the inflammation.
    • Take a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory, such as ibuprofen, for pain relief.
    • Place heel pads (you can find them at the drugstore) in your shoes.
    • Do foot stretches before you get out of bed. That will reduce the pain, which is usually worse when your feet hit the floor in the morning. To do these stretches, sit up, bend forward and try to touch your toes, curling your toes toward your knees. Or just put one leg over the knee of the other, reach for the toes on the upper leg and pull toward you. Hold for 5 minutes.
    • Stretch during the day. Put the ball of the sore foot on a step, hold the railing, and let your heel hang down. Or repeat the above toe stretch.
    • Save the stilettos for weddings and parties -- most short guys think plantar fasciitis is revenge for high heels.

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    Plantar fasciitis may limit exercise capability and normal daily activities. Patients often limp, place the body weight on the toes, or try to avoid walking on the affected foot. Patients may adjust the way they walk or run in order to avoid knee, hip, back, and other foot pain.

    Plantar fasciitis may prevent the patient from bending the foot, causing the toes to point upwards toward the shins, which may be painful. Patients may also be unable to bend the foot, resulting in decreased flexibility.

    Complications may also arise from treatment selection. Corticosteroid injections and surgical procedures may cause the fascia to rupture or tear and worsen symptoms, such as pain and weakness.

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    If you have plantar fasciitis, your doctor can diagnose this process clinically by reproducing your pain by applying pressure to this region with a fingertip (no additional imaging or tests are needed). Plantar fasciitis is caused by inflammation of the adjoining tissues on the bottom (plantar surface) of your foot. This pain is localized in front of the calcaneal (heel) bone, in the region between your heel and the arch of your foot.
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    Before treating plantar fasciitis with exercise, you first must realize that the injury is not a bruise, nor is it related to weight. Instead, it's a painful heel and/or arch where the ligament -- the plantar fascia --  is over pulled.

    The simplest and most effective exercise for treating the over pulled fascia and to fight inflammation is this: Fill a water bottle with water and freeze it. Sit on a chair and roll the bottle from your heel to the ball of your foot, putting pressure on it. Another exercise: Stretch the foot by rolling a tennis ball under it, again applying pressure. This will help relieve the tightness, but the aid of ice does far more to relieve the pain and prevent the pain from becoming chronic.

    Trinity Health recognizes that people seek medical information on a variety of topics for a variety of reasons. Trinity Health does not condone or support all practices covered in this site. As a Catholic health care organization, Trinity Health acts in accordance with the Catholic tradition.

    Please note, the information contained on this website is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice. Always seek the advice of a qualified health care provider if you have questions regarding your medical condition or before starting any new treatment. In the event of a medical emergency always call 911 or proceed to your nearest emergency care facility.
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    Plantar fasciitis can be treated with rest and ice. Place a frozen water bottle over the bottom of your foot for up to 10 minutes. This will calm the spasm and break up some of the tissue. You could also take any type of anti-inflammatory medication. (This answer provided for NATA by the California University of Pennsylvania Athletic Training Education Program.)
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    Age: Plantar fasciitis most commonly occurs in adults between the ages of 40 and 60. In the elderly, poor muscle strength, breakdown of the heel fat pad, and delayed healing, in combination with excessive flexing of the foot arches, may lead to plantar fasciitis.

    Athletic activity: Plantar fasciitis is among the most common foot and ankle injuries experienced by professional athletes. Running on a regular basis and certain forms of dance (ballet and dance aerobics) may cause this condition to occur earlier in age. Increasing weight-bearing activity, duration of runs, and stress-inducing workouts may bring about plantar fasciitis. Training on hard or uneven surfaces or with inadequately supportive footwear may increase the risk of developing plantar fasciitis in athletes.

    Body weight: In nonathletes, being overweight, obese, or pregnant is a risk factor for plantar fasciitis. Patients with a body mass index (BMI) greater than 30kg/m2 (kilograms per square meter) are reported to be at the greatest risk.

    Diabetes: In patients with diabetes, plantar fasciitis may occur due to muscle atrophy, anatomical changes in the foot, and changes in gait.

    Foot abnormalities: Flat-footedness, having too high of a foot arch, heel spurs, or a tight Achilles tendon (which connects the calf to the heel) may increase the risk for plantar fasciitis. Patients who have high or flat arches and a limited range of motion during dorsiflexion (flexing the foot upwards) may have the highest risk of the condition.

    Footwear: Wearing inappropriately sized or insufficiently supportive footwear for the heel and arch may lead to the development of plantar fasciitis.

    Occupation: Occupations that involve spending a long amount of time on the feet, either walking or standing, may increase the risk of developing plantar fasciitis.

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      A , Orthopedic Surgery, answered

      Some foot care specialists have begun using extracorporeal shock wave therapy to treat plantar fasciitis. Shock wave treatment entails one to three sessions during which  low or high-energy sound waves are directed at the painful part of the plantar fascia. This technique is similar to the one used to break up kidney stones, but does not direct sufficient energy at the foot to break up the heel bone or any heel spurs.

      Some studies have reported that the technique relieves pain in 60% to 80% of those treated, while causing only minimal complications or side effects, which can include periodic pain in the treated area. Other studies have shown only limited benefit. This technique is gaining acceptance, however. Talk with your own foot care specialist about the latest research and whether shock wave treatment is right for you. Also be aware that many health insurers do not cover this technology, so you may want to check your own coverage before undergoing treatment.

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      A , Podiatric Medicine, answered
      In extreme cases of plantar fasciitis or - pain in the plantar fascia, surgery may be necessary, but this is recommended only if you are still experiencing substantial pain after six to 12 months and all other methods are exhausted. If so, the surgeon will –release part of the plantar fascia to eliminate the pain. Rarely, a surgeon may remove the -degenerated portion. - Endoscopy, a minimally invasive technique, can sometimes be used to release the plantar fascia. Potential complications from either an open or endoscopic procedure can include arch collapse or damage to a branch of the posterior tibial nerve, which can lead to persistent recurring pain. If you are considering surgery, you should discuss these risks with your doctor.
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      A , Orthopedic Surgery, answered
      If 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 the pressure on your heels. If you continue to experience discomfort after six to eight weeks, consult a foot care specialist, who may recommend further stretching exercises, physical therapy, or night splints.