Plantar Fasciitis

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

The plantar fascia is the flat band of tissue that connects your heel bone to your toes. If you strain your plantar fascia it gets weak, swollen and irritated, a condition known as plantar fasciitis. Dr. Edward Hill tells us more about this 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 believe you have plantar fasciitis, taking 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. Your doctor can recommend special exercises also.

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

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