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Plantar Fasciitis - Overview

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What Is Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is a common source of heel pain, caused by inflammation in the tissue connecting the heel to the toes. This guide provides clear, practical advice for dealing with this issue.

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What Is Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is when the plantar fascia, the thick band of tissue that links your heel to your toes, gets inflamed, leading to pain and swelling. This tissue plays a crucial role in supporting the arch of your foot and acts like a shock absorber every time you take a step.

However, if it gets overworked, inflammation can set in, resulting in a sharp, stabbing pain close to the heel. It’s like the plantar fascia is raising a red flag, asking for a break.

This pain is often most intense during your first few steps in the morning or after sitting for an extended period. It can also return after long periods of standing.

Types of Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis generally has a standard set of symptoms, but they can vary depending on certain traits and how severe the condition is.

  • Acute Plantar Fasciitis:

This version pops up suddenly, causing sharp and intense heel pain. It’s often triggered by a particular injury or strain.

  • Chronic Plantar Fasciitis:

Persistent and prolonged pain could signal chronic plantar fasciitis. It can last several months and may resist initial treatments, requiring more comprehensive and targeted interventions.

  • Mechanical Plantar Fasciitis:

This type is linked to the mechanical structure of the foot.

Each type requires a specific approach to management and treatment:

  • For acute cases, immediate rest and anti-inflammatory measures are vital.

  • Chronic conditions might require a combination of therapies, including physical therapy and possibly more advanced treatments to alleviate persistent pain.

  • Mechanical plantar fasciitis typically involves addressing the underlying foot structure issues, possibly with corrective footwear or orthotic insoles.


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