You have a long, flat ligament that runs across the bottom of your foot. This ligament, called the plantar fascia, connects your heel bone to your toes, supporting your foot’s arch. Even the slightest strain to this ligament, causes it to weaken, especially if you don’t give it time to heal. Although plantar fasciitis generally starts out as a mild, acute inflammatory condition, without proper treatment, it turns into a chronic foot strain that leaves you in pain on a daily basis.
Your feet take a beating every day. From fitting into snug shoes, to bearing the impact of your workout, it’s no wonder they get injured. Though you might not know the exact cause of your specific case of plantar fasciitis, some of the reasons you might have it include:
Plantar fasciitis usually begins with heel pain, which is often called a stone bruise. The more you walk on it, the more swollen and irritated it becomes, causing you pain with each step. Most plantar fasciitis sufferers go through their worst heel and arch pain in the morning, right after waking. It’s also common to have severe plantar fasciitis discomfort right after you work out or go for a run (not usually during your exercise).
Yes. Dr. Bell spends time showing you stretching exercises that can help with plantar fasciitis tension. You’ll probably need to do these exercises several times every day when you get started on your recovery plan. Because no two cases of plantar fasciitis are the same, Dr. Bell evaluates you regularly to see how you’re doing.
If needed, he offers strappings, or taping of your foot, as well as custom orthotics. As your plantar fascia ligament heals, your pain diminishes. Dr. Bell even teaches you what you need to do to prevent future issues with plantar fasciitis.
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