Are you experiencing sharp pain in your heel after long walks, after running, or after standing on your feet all day? Is the pain most acute when you take those first steps in the morning? Chances are that pain is plantar fasciitis (often described as heel spurs). No need to panic - this is a common condition. Also, don't ignore the problem. Plantar fasciitis can be prevented, treated, and healed.
Here's what you need to know about plantar fasciitis and how to get back to your regular activities.
The plantar fascia is a band of tissues that runs along the bottom of your feet. The plantar fascia connects the heel bone to the toes. When plantar fascia becomes inflamed (usually due to overuse) the pain typically manifests as sharp pain in the heel - plantar fasciitis.
Typically, the pain of plantar fasciitis is not present during a particular activity such as running or sports. The pain usually show up in the hours after the activity ends or when you get up in the morning.
Overuse (exercise, running, or jogging) is not the only cause of plantar fasciitis. It can develop as the result of gaining weight or simply aging. Here are some other causes of plantar fasciitis:
One of the most conservative and easiest ways to treat and prevent plantar fasciitis is by wearing insoles. Here are some of the best insoles for plantar fasciitis.
If plantar fasciitis persists for a long time, see your healthcare provider.