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Heel Pain? It could be Plantar Fasciitis

Heel Pain? It could be Plantar Fasciitis

If you suffer from heel pain, it could be plantar fasciitis, which is a very common types of foot pain in the United States. What’s more, it can be treated at home, through medication, or in some instances, with corrective surgery.

Heel Pain? It could be Plantar Fasciitis

So, what exactly is plantar fasciitis? Well, in a nutshell, plantar fasciitis is a flattening of the ligaments which connect the heel bones to the toes. While changes in the body are normal, plantar fasciitis causes tissue to weaken, which results in pain while walking. Over time, the pain worsens as the ligaments flatten out more and more.

There are several causes of plantar fasciitis, which include: high arches, flat feet, obesity, wearing the wrong shoes, wearing shoes with insufficient padding, inward foot rolling while walking, and more.

If you do suffer from plantar fasciitis, there are a number of ways to treat it. First and foremost, you need to always wear the right sized shoes, with plenty of padding or insole inserts. Also, you can opt to wear a night splint or walking cast. But, you should consult a foot doctor before wearing the latter two options.

Of all those who suffer from plantar fasciitis, approximately 95 percent effectively treat the pain in their heels with just a few simple changes. Of course, there are individuals who undergo surgery to correct but these are not very common. The only way to determine if you suffer from plantar fasciitis and treatment options is to see an experienced foot doctor.