The plantar fascia is a broad band of tissue located on the bottom of the foot.
Plantar fasciitis occurs when that tissue becomes painful and irritated.
What causes plantar fasciitis?
Tightness in the bottom of the foot or back of the heel
Athletic shoes that are too old or not supportive enough
What are the symptoms?
Pain, anywhere from the bottom of the heel down into the arch
This pain is usually worse during the first few steps following a period of rest – for example, walking after you have been sitting or lying down for a while, or when getting out of bed in the morning.
What can I do to feel better?
Rest from activities that cause pain
Ice for 15-20 minutes as often as once per hour
Stretch the bottom of the foot, toes, and Achilles’ tendon
Wear shoes with good arch supports to take the tension off of that area
When should I see a medical professional?
Pain and swelling do not improve with rest and ice
Pain that is getting worse
If you’re unable to put weight on the foot
If you’re unsure about how severe the condition is
Request an Appointment
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