Thursday, January 8, 2009
If you have become more active lately and youíre having pain in your feet, you may have a condition that is shared by 10 percent of the population. Dr. Edward Hill explains plantar fasciitis in todayís 60 Second Housecall.
The plantar fascia is a band of tough fiber on the bottom of your foot. It runs from your toes to your heel and forms the arch of your foot. When this tissue becomes hot, red, swollen and sore, it is called plantar fasciitis.
Plantar fasciitis makes your heel hurt when you walk. The pain is usually worse when you get out of bed in the morning or when you walk after sitting for a long time.
People who spend most of their day on their feet, who are overweight, and cannot move their feet and ankles very well are more likely to get plantar fasciitis. If you become more active than usual too quickly, you may get plantar fasciitis.
If you believe you have plantar fasciitis, take medicines such as ibuprofen and applying ice may help. The pain should get better right away, but it may take weeks or months to go away completely.
To prevent plantar fasciitis, you should wear good supportive shoes and stay at a healthy weight. Also if you want to become more active, start slowly.
For North Mississippi Medical Center, Iím Dr. Edward Hill.