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The alarm clock goes off, and it’s time to start your day. As you climb out of bed, though, you experience pain in your foot—as you do nearly every day.
If your first few steps out of bed in the morning cause severe pain in the heel of your foot, you may have plantar fasciitis, an overuse injury that affects the sole of the foot.
Stretching from the heel bone to the front of the foot, the plantar fascia is a long ligament that is responsible for supporting the arch and absorbing the stress that’s placed on the foot. In plantar fasciitis, the patient suffers from microscopic tears, inflammation and stiffness of the ligament. Plantar fasciitis is common in middle-aged patients, and impacts nearly 2 million people a year.
Potential risk factors for this type of heel pain include:
The most common symptoms of plantar fasciitis include:
After you describe your symptoms and discuss your concerns, your doctor will examine your foot.Your doctor will look for these signs:
A majority of plantar fasciitis patients show improvement after non-surgical treatments, such as rest, regular stretching, custom-molded orthotics, supportive shoes and medication.Our doctors, may also recommend the following noninvasive treatments: