PLANTAR FASCIITIS
AND HEEL SPURS

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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. It occurs when the strong band of tissue that supports the arch of your foot becomes irritated and inflamed.

Anatomy

Cause

Risk Factors

  • Tighter calf muscles that make it difficult to flex your foot and bring your toes up toward your shin
  • Obesity
  • Very high arch
  • Repetitive impact activity (running/sports)

Heel Spurs

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, such as after a long car ride. The pain subsides after a few minutes of walking

Prevention

Doctor Examination

  • A high arch
  • An area of maximum tenderness on the bottom of your foot, just in front of your heel bone
  • Pain that gets worse when you flex your foot and the doctor pushes on the plantar fascia. The pain improves when you point your toes down

Tests

X-rays

Other Imaging Tests

Treatments

Nonsurgical Treatments

Surgical Treatment

Recovery

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