Plantar Fasciitis

Friday, March 23, 2012

Plantar fasciitis is a painful condition resulting in pain under the heel. It is often caused by overuse of the plantar fascia or arch tendon of the foot. Dr. Edward Hill tells us about plantar fasciitis and some ways to relieve the pain in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Plantar fasciitis is pain or swelling of the plantar fascia. The plantar fascia is a tough band of tissue that attaches to the heel bone and supports the arch of your foot.

Plantar fasciitis is a common cause of heel pain. The pain feels sharp and stabbing, especially when getting out of bed in the morning or walking after sitting for a long time. You may also have swelling, redness or aching in your heel.

Plantar fasciitis is caused by increased pulling and stress on the plantar fascia. People who are overweight, dont get much exercise, have diabetes or stand for long periods of time are more likely to get it.

If you are active or stand a lot, try resting your feet. Wearing comfortable shoes may also help. Your doctor may have you wear heel cups or arch supports in your shoes, which can help take pressure off your heel and support your foot arch. Stretching exercises can help alleviate pain. Medicines, such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen may also help.

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