Plantar Fasciitis 2

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Plantar fasciitis is the most common cause of pain on the bottom of the heel. Approximately 2 million patients are treated for this condition. Dr. Edward Hill discusses plantar fasciitis in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

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.

Ibuprofen and applying ice may help with the pain. It may feel better right away, but it may take weeks or months to go away completely. Your doctor can give you special exercises that really help.

To prevent plantar fasciitis, wear good supportive shoes and stay at a healthy weight.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.