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Plantar Fasciitis Overview

What is plantar fasciitis?
A person with plantar fasciitis has inflammation of the plantar fascia, which is a strong band of tissue that forms the arch for the foot. Cases of plantar fasciitis include foot injury, and running on hard, soft, or hilly surfaces.

What are the symptoms of plantar fasciitis?
Symptoms of plantar fasciitis include pain in the heel that may spread to the ball of the foot. The pain is usually worse in the morning and after exercise. Additional symptoms of plantar fasciitis include swelling, tenderness and redness over the heel or the ball of the foot.

How does the doctor treat plantar fasciitis?
Treatment for plantar fasciitis may include rest, cold compresses, crutches, cushioned heel pads, orthotics, and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for pain. Additional treatment may include oral corticosteroids or corticosteroid injections into the plantar fascia, and extracorporeal shock wave therapy. Surgery may be required for severe plantar fascitis.

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Last Updated: Jul 23, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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