Plantar fasciitis / heel pain
Plantar fasciitis is an inflammation of the long band of connective tissue running from the heel to the ball of the foot. Heel spur syndrome is a bony overgrowth on the heel bone. Plantar fasciitis and heel spur syndrome affect women more than men. They can cause the bottom of the heel and arch to become painful.
- Stretching the long band of tissue that connects the heel and the ball of the foot.
- Muscle imbalance
- Bone deformity
- Tightness of the muscles on the back of the leg
What can you do?
- Warm up and stretch properly before exercise
- Wear appropriate shoe gear.
- RICE - rest, ice, compression and elevation.
What might the podiatrist do?
- Perform a physical exam of the foot
- Take an x-ray
- Perform taking and strapping
- Prescribe orthotics
- Prescribe appropriate medication
- Administer injections
- Perform surgery if necessary
- Instruct in appropriate exercise.