Treating And Preventing Plantar Fasciitis

  • By Dr. Jordan Metzl
  • Published Feb 4, 2015
  • Updated Feb 4, 2015 at 12:31 PM UTC
Photo: John David Becker

Treat or prevent plantar fasciitis with this advice from Dr. Jordan Metzl.

The Symptoms

Nasty pain in the bottom of the foot, especially when running or even taking your first steps out of bed in the morning.

What’s Going On In There?

Plantar fasciitis is inflammation of the plantar fascia, the band of connective tissue running from your heel bone to the front of your foot. This tissue helps support your foot’s arch and give it shape, and it aids in stability when your foot strikes the ground and then pushes off.

The inflammation and pain come from excessive tension. The calf muscles connect to the heel bone via the Achilles tendon. When those muscles are tight, the tendon pulls on the bone from above, stretching the fascia and causing strain. People with high arches are especially prone to plantar fasciitis because the arch itself also contributes tension to the fascia.

A mild case can turn severe very quickly. Inflammation makes the fascia more prone to microtears, which can lead to debilitating pain. Bad cases can last months.

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