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What is plantar fasciitis?
Heel pain is one of the most common symptoms that patients suffer with, the most common condition is plantar fasciitis. There are a number of strong ligaments, which run between the heel bone and the toes. One of these is the plantar fascia. The plantar fascia takes a lot of stress as you walk, or even just stand. In some people the plantar fascia becomes painful and inflamed. This usually happens where it is attached to the heel bone and therefore pain is felt in the heel.
What causes plantar fasciitis?
What are the symptoms of plantar fasciitis?
The classic symptom is pain first thing in the morning when getting out of bed, the pain is initially in the heel but can spread along the foot. The pain can also be worse when first standing after a period of rest and can sometimes ease with activity. Patients often also complain of pain at the base of the heel at the end of the day after prolonged periods of time on their feet.
Having had plantar fasciitis myself, the pain experienced can be severe and disabling. Thankfully, most of the time this condition does settle on its own with simple nonsurgical treatments. However, there are some cases where symptoms are prolonged and severe and can really impact on life and activities.
What are the treatments for plantar fasciitis?
The vast majority of cases are treated without an operation. Usually the longer the symptoms have been present, the longer they will take to settle down. A combination of non-surgical treatments is generally required. Over 90% of patients improve with simple non-operative treatments, however it can take a few months for the symptoms to settle. Simple non-operative treatments include:
If the above simple measures do not work then more specialised treatment is available:
Over 90% of cases are improved and settle with a combination of non-surgical methods. In cases where nonsurgical methods have not worked satisfactorily, it is advisable to see a specialist for further tests and discussion with regards to other treatment options.
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