GUIDE TO NFL INJURIES: Plantar Fasciitis

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Condition

Plantar fasciitis involves inflammation of a thick band of tissue (plantar fascia) that runs across the bottom of your foot and connects your heel bone to your toes. Inflammation or degeneration of the tendon where the fascia originates at the heel causes pain. It usually hurts the most after being immobile for a little while, e.g. first steps after waking up in the morning or after sitting for a while. Runners and sports that involve long spells of running are most susceptible to plantar fasciitis. Other risk factors include age, obesity, biomechanics, and food support.

Symptoms

Pain around the heel area develops over time; pain towards the arch of the foot; tenderness may be experienced; hurts the most after being immobile for extended spells.

Diagnosis

A professional doctor or therapist should make the diagnosis. Elements such as case history, physical examination, and/or X-rays.

Treatment

Treating plantar fasciitis may include ice on the sore area, night splints that keep the tendon stretched, physical therapy, supportive footwear, NSAID pain relievers.

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