Plantar Fasciitis is a condition that causes pain on the underside of the heel and the bottom of the foot.
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What are the symptoms of Plantar Fasciitis?
The main symptom is pain. This pain is made worse by walking and stretching of the foot. It can often be at its worst following long periods of inactivity such as sleeping or sitting.
What causes Plantar Fasciitis?
The Plantar Fascia is a strong band of tissue that connects the heel bone to the middle foot bones. Plantar fasciitis occurs when this thick band is overstretched or overused. This can be painful and make walking more difficult.
You are more likely to get plantar fasciitis if you have:
• Foot arch problems (both flat feet and high arches)
• Long-distance running, especially running downhill or on uneven surfaces.
• Sudden weight gain or obesity
• Tight Achilles tendon (the tendon connecting the calf muscles to the heel)
• Shoes with poor arch support or soft soles
Plantar fasciitis is seen in both men and women. However, it most often affects active men ages 40 – 70. It is one of the most common orthopaedic complaints relating to the foot. Plantar fasciitis is commonly thought of as being caused by a heel spur, but research has found that this is not the case. On x-ray, heel spurs are seen in people with and without plantar fasciitis.
Dr. KATARINA JANKOVIC
Dr Katarina Jankovic is a Consultant Anaesthetist who, with her highly specialised skillset and incredible passion for treating patients, brings a wealth of expertise to the Pain Management service at the Rogers Regenerative Medical Group
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