Martha Jefferson Monday: What is Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar Fasciitis is the most common form of heel pain in adults. The plantar fascia tendon connects the heel to the toes. When the tendon become inflamed, that's when problems start.  

"The very classic symptom is trying to get up from your bed and when you step on your feet it hurts," said Dr. Kathy Phan, a physician at Forest Lakes Family Medicine.  

Dr. Phan does say it's easy for people with plantar fasciitis to recognize the pain.  

"It's very sudden and it's very sharp. It comes on right at the onset of a step off and it starts to ease up as the person starts to walk," noted Phan.  

People affected by the foot problem include those who are obese, people who spend a lot of time on their feet, people with flat feet, people with very high arches and it's also commonly seen in runners.  Although it will take time to fix, simple steps can help do the trick.  

"The treatment is very conservative," said Dr. Phan. "You're going to ice the area and the easiest way is to get a cold soda can and run it under the base of your heel. You do that at the end of a long work day, along with stretches to the heel as well as the Achilles tendon."  

For more information on this topic, call Martha Jefferson's Health Connection line at (434) 654-7009. 

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