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Michigan Sports and Spine

Plantar Fasciitis

Overview
Plantar fasciitis (fashee-EYE-tiss) is the most common cause of pain on the bottom of the heel. Approximately 2 million patients are treated for this condition every year.  Plantar fasciitis occurs when the strong band of tissue that supports the arch of your foot becomes irritated and inflamed.

Causes
Most times unidentifiable
Tight calf muscles
Obesity
Very high arch
Repetitive impact activity
New or increased activity

Symptoms
Pain on the bottom of the foot near the heel
Pain with the first few steps after getting out of bed in the morning or after a long period of rest
Greater pain after (but not during) exercise or activity

Diagnosis
Physical examination and medical history consultation
X-rays
MRI
Ultrasund

Treatment
Rest
Ice
Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications
Exercises
Cortisone injections
Orthotics
Night splints
Physical therapy
Extracorporeal shockwave therapy
Surgery

Source: http://orthoinfo.aaos.org/topic.cfm?topic=a00149

 

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