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Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis is inflammation of tissue that surrounds the heel and arch of the foot. If left untreated, the stress causes a bone spur to develop at the point of attachment on the heel. Pain is often apparent first thing in the morning and is associated with athletes that carry out repetitive movements, for instance running, and people who may spend a large portion of their day on their feet, also obesity has a similar effect.

Symptoms

Symptoms will include severe pain when walking on the affected heel that is most noticeable in the morning and after periods of inactivity. Fasciitis is irritated by poorly fitting shoes, hard-soled shoes and running or walking on hard surfaces. Climbing stairs, balancing on tip toes or standing for long periods can increase the pain.

Causes

Plantar fasciitis is usually caused by stress on the heel bone. They can also be caused by obesity, high arches, flat feet, physical injury, muscle inflammation, lupus, gout, nerve damage, excessive exercise, arch strain, and prolonged standing or walking.

Cautions

In extreme cases, the irritation from a developed bone spur may cause very small tumors to develop on the nerve endings, which causes severe pain.

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