Foot pain can make any type of walking or standing unbearable. A common type of heel or foot pain is plantar fasciitis. This condition is an inflammation of a band of tissue on the bottom of the foot called the plantar fascia. This tissue connects the heel bone to the toes along the bottom of the foot. When it is damaged, it can be painful to stand or walk, limiting mobility.
Causes of Plantar Fasciitis
The plantar fascia acts as a shock absorber for the feet. Repeated strain on the foot can cause small tears in the tissue to occur. This is common for runners and other athletes, but anyone who spends excessive time on their feet could have these injuries. Since it is difficult to stay off the feet for extended periods, these small tears are difficult to heal, causing ongoing foot pain.
Symptoms of Plantar Fasciitis
Those with plantar fasciitis will often have pain when they first put weight on their feet in the morning. Although the pain can subside with movement, the pain can get worse after exercising or spending time excessive time standing or walking. This can be a stabbing pain in the heel or bottom of the foot.
Treating Plantar Fasciitis
Rest, anti-inflammatory medications and steroid treatments may be recommended for plantar fasciitis, but other treatments may be needed for severe cases. Stretching exercises and orthotics may be recommended to help reduce the chance of re-injury. Another option is PRP injections. Concentrated platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections can help the small tears in the plantar fascia heal faster, giving those with this condition relief.
If you have plantar fasciitis, consult a sports medicine medical professional to determine the best treatment, including steroid or PRP injections for relief.
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