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Plantar Fasciitis

For many people, foot pain is an everyday occurrence, caused by standing for long periods at work, walking during commutes to work or school or other physical activities. Many of these people are diagnosed with plantar fasciitis, a common problem that involves the long muscle at the bottom of the foot. The Heel Pain Center of Atlanta can provide a number of treatments to relieve this type of foot pain and make walking more enjoyable again.

Understanding the Plantar Fascia

Many people who are on their feet a great deal may begin to experience chronic pain in the heel that is one of the characteristic symptoms of plantar fasciitis. This type of pain occurs due to inflammation of the thick band of tissue that runs from the toes to the heel. This tissue can become weak or inflamed, causing pain with every step. It is cause by a variety of conditions, such as an inward roll of the foot as you walk, high arches, flat feet, excessive weight, poorly fitting shoes and long period of time standing or walking.

Diagnosis

Generally, the physician will examine how you stand and walk to determine the type of pressure that is being put on the plantar fascia tissue. He or she will ask questions about lifestyle, exercise and the frequency of pain. If necessary, he will order an x-ray to rule out other problems of the bones of the feet, such as stress fractures. Taken together, this information will allow the physician to determine whether the plantar fascia is the source of the foot pain.

Available Treatments

Treatments for this condition are generally conservative and do not include surgery. The individual may be advised to do daily stretching exercises that expand the plantar fascia at the bottom of the foot. Pain-relieving creams can be applied to the area to reduce pain immediately. The physician may recommend over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medications such as aspirin or ibuprofen. Special support products can help relieve the pain of this condition when worn on a regular basis. In some cases, orthotics, special devices that fit into shoes to help stretch the plantar fascia on an ongoing basis, can be used to provide relief from chronic pain.

If you have foot pain from plantar fasciitis, call the Heel Pain Center of Atlanta today for an appointment to correct your foot problem and give yourself a whole new lease on life.