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Common Disorders

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What is plantar fasciitis/heel spur syndrome?

Plantar fasciitis is an inflammation of the long band of connective tissue running from the heel to the ball of the foot. Heel spur syndrome is a bony overgrowth on the heel bone. Plantar fasciitis and heel spur syndrome affect women more than men. They can cause the bottom of the heel and arch to become painful.

STATISTICS

  • Plantar fasciitis and heel spur syndrome are the most common causes of plantar heel pain.
  • 73% of patients with heel pain are diagnosed with either plantar fasciitis or heel spur syndrome.
  • 15% of patients who see a podiatrist complain of heel pain.
  • 90% of those who suffer from plantar fasciistis or heel spur syndrome respond to nonsurgical care.
  • 83.5% of patients with plantar fasciitis or heel spur syndrome experience pain with first steps in the morning.
  • Plantar fasciitis can occur with or without a heel spur present.

CAUSES OF PLANTAR FASCIITIS

  • Stretching the long band of tissue that connects the heel and the ball of the foot.
  • Muscle imbalance.
  • Bone deformity.
  • Obesity.
  • Trauma.
  • Tightness of the muscles on the back of the leg.

WHAT CAN YOU DO?

  • Warm up and stretch properly before exercise.
  • Wear appropriate shoe gear.
  • RICE - rest, ice, compression, and evaluation.

WHAT WILL A PODIATRIC PHYSICIAN DO FOR YOU?

  • Perform a physical examination.
  • Perform x-ray evaluation.
  • Recommend taping
  • Prescribe orthotic devices.
  • Prescribe appropriate medications.
  • Administer injections.
  • Perform surgery if needed.

Source: APMA