FAMILY PODIATRY of MARYLAND
Plantar Fasciitis
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Plantar Fasciitis's more common name heel spur may create the impression of a sharp bony projection on the bottom of the heel that pokes the bottom of our foot causing our pain. Painful Plantar Fasciitis are actually a result of damage to the soft tissue at the bottom of the foot. Plantar fasciitis develops as the result of repeated small tears in the plantar fascia ligament.

Normally when you walk, your plantar fascia stretches as your foot strikes the ground. If the plantar fascia is strained by the way you walk or by repeated stress, it can become weak, swollen, and irritated (inflamed), and it can hurt when you stand or walk.

Repetitive activities, such as jobs that require prolonged walking or standing on hard or irregular surfaces or sports such as running are conditions or activities that may lead to plantar fasciitis. Other factors that put extra stress on the feet, such as being overweight or wearing shoes that are poorly cushioned, don't fit well, or are worn out.

Plantar fasciitis is most common in middle-aged adults throught the natural process of aging. In rare cases, a single injury to the foot can lead to plantar fasciitis. The classic symptom of plantar fasciitis is heel pain when you take your first steps after getting out of bed or after sitting for a long period of time, or pain that gets worse when you climb stairs or stand on your toes.

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