Plantar fasciitis is an inflammation of the ligament, which causes pain in the heel of the foot. Find out more about plantar fasciitis treatments.
Plantar fasciitis refers to an inflammation of the plantar fascia, a tough ligament (picture below) connecting the heel bone to the toes, particularly to the base of the toes (ball of the foot) and the first toe. The plantar fascia plays a role in supporting the arch of your foot.
Plantar fasciitis usually develops from long hours of standing or walking, or in the case of active persons, from long-distance running. In rare cases, it can result from accidentally stamping the foot or landing strongly on hard ground.
Other Common Causes Include:
You are most likely to experience plantar fasciitis heel pain:
You are more at risk of developing plantar fasciitis if you:
The physiotherapist may provide pain relief with procedures, such as heat, ultrasound or electrical stimulation based on the assessment of your condition. You will still need to perform exercises, such as calf-stretching, and follow the physiotherapist’s advice to get results.
You can help to reduce the risk of developing plantar fasciitis by:
Reduce inflammation by applying an ice pack over the heel, especially if heel pains worsen after running or prolonged walking.
Recovery from plantar fasciitis usually takes months. The recovery process is enhanced if you:
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This article was last reviewed on
Wednesday, November 22, 2023
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