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Heel Pain

Heel pain, otherwise known as plantar fasciitis, is a common foot condition characterized by inflammation of the plantar fascia, a thick band of tissue that runs along the bottom of the foot, connecting the heel bone to the toes. It is one of the most frequent causes of heel pain, particularly among active individuals and those who spend prolonged periods on their feet. Plantar fasciitis typically develops gradually

Treatment for plantar fasciitis aims to reduce inflammation, alleviate pain, and promote healing of the plantar fascia. Conservative treatment options may include rest, ice therapy, stretching exercises, orthotic devices, supportive footwear, and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) to manage pain and inflammation. Physical therapy, including exercises to strengthen the foot muscles and improve flexibility, may also be beneficial in relieving symptoms and preventing recurrence. In cases of severe or persistent plantar fasciitis that do not respond to conservative measures, more advanced treatment options such as corticosteroid injections, Remy Laser, or surgery may be considered to provide long-term relief and restore function to the affected foot. While 95% of plantar fasciitis cases are treatable with conservative care, early intervention and comprehensive management are key to effectively addressing plantar fasciitis and minimizing its impact on daily activities and quality of life. For more information click here.

over time, resulting from repetitive strain and stress on the plantar fascia, which can lead to micro-tears and inflammation. Factors contributing to the development of plantar fasciitis include excessive walking or running, improper footwear, high-impact activities, obesity, and structural abnormalities of the foot, such as high arches or flat feet.

The hallmark symptom of plantar fasciitis is heel pain, particularly pain that is most pronounced with the first steps in the morning or after periods of rest. The pain may also worsen with prolonged standing, walking, or physical activity. In addition to heel pain, individuals with plantar fasciitis may experience stiffness, tenderness, and swelling in the bottom of the foot, particularly near the heel. Left untreated, plantar fasciitis can significantly impact mobility and quality of life, making it essential to seek prompt diagnosis and treatment to alleviate symptoms and prevent further complications.

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