The plantar fascia ligament is a thick band of tissue that runs along the bottom of the feet. When this ligament becomes torn and/or inflamed, you’ve developed plantar fasciitis.
If you have plantar fasciitis, you may feel pain near your heel bone. Many people with this condition describe this pain as a stabbing sensation. The pain will usually be worse when you take your first steps in the morning, and it’ll get better as the day goes on. However, you may notice a return of severe pain if you stand for a long time.
The plantar fascia ligament acts as a shock-absorber, providing support for the arch in your foot as you walk. Plantar fasciitis often develops if too much stress is placed on the plantar fascia, leading to small tears.
Certain risk factors may make it more likely for you to develop plantar fasciitis. Some of these factors include:
Most cases of plantar fasciitis will respond well to non-surgical treatments.
Every patient heals differently, and some may take more time to recover than others. However, if you don’t respond well to these conservative treatments, Dr. Genkin may recommend other options, such as injections or surgery. These more invasive treatments are used as a last resort for most patients.
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