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What is Plantar fasciitis?
Plantar fasciitis is aseptic (non-infectious) inflammation of plantar fascia. If you don’t know what that is, it is the connective tissue on the bottom of your foot that joins your heel bone to the toes. Besides, it is one of the most frequent causes of heel pain. Are you a runner? This is a common condition for you. People with weight problems and who wear shoes without the good support may also develop this condition.
Under normal circumstances, plantar fascia plays a role of a shock-absorbing bowstring that supports the arch of the foot. When tension and pressure on plantar fascia become too intense, the tissue of fascia tears and this provokes local inflammation and pain. However, there are many patients who suffer from plantar fasciitis that has no exact causes.
Plantar fasciitis typically causes a significant near the heel at the foot’s bottom. You usually hurt more in the morning, after exercise or after standing or sitting for a long period of time.
Most cases of plantar fasciitis recover in several months with conservative treatments, that includes resting, icing the painful area and stretching.
- Conservative treatment.
Painkillers and anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen or naproxen can relieve the pain and inflammation associated with plantar fasciitis.
- Strengthening and stretching may provide some relief.
- Surgical or other procedures.
When above-mentioned methods have no positive effects and symptoms are still persisting for a few months, your physician may recommend more invasive methods for pain management. They include:
- Injecting steroid medications into the tender area can provide reducing inflammation and temporary pain relief.
- In rare cases, patients may need surgical intervention to separate the plantar fascia from the heel bone. This treatment option is only used as a last resort when nothing else has provided pain relief.