Have you ever experienced stabbing pain in your heel and the bottom of your foot?
It could be plantar fasciitis, one of the biggest culprits of heel pain. Plantar fasciitis is usually characterized as a sharp, stabbing pain in the heel and is especially bad during your first steps after sleeping or sitting for an extended time.
Plantar fasciitis pain can be so severe that it causes you to alter your gait, opening up the potential for other injuries.
In this article, we will examine the basics of plantar fasciitis, including:
Your foot has dozens of bones, ligaments, and other tissue that help you walk and stabilize your body weight while standing. The plantar fascia is a large tissue band that connects your toes to your heel, supporting your foot’s arch, and acts as the “shock absorber” while running or walking.
When this band of tissue is damaged or stressed, it can develop irritation and inflammation, causing a sharp stabbing pain in your heel.
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People can develop plantar fasciitis without any apparent cause, but research indicates that some common risks for developing the condition include:
The most common symptom of plantar fasciitis is a sharp pain at the bottom of your foot near the heel area. This pain can be debilitating and cause a temporary limp and change your regular gait. This change in your normal walking and running form can lead to additional injuries if left untreated.
While the pain is most commonly characterized as “sharp,” you can also experience a dull burning pain in your heel that gradually worsens over time.
When you visit OrthoGeorgia with symptoms indicating plantar fasciitis, our team will ask questions during your evaluation, such as:
Our examination will also help eliminate other potential conditions or causes of the pain. At times, this can include imaging such as an X-ray or MRI. Different types of foot injuries we’ll check for include:
Once we accurately diagnose your condition, we can recommend the best treatment options to help you find pain relief and enjoy an active lifestyle again.
Some of these treatment options can include:
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