Plantar fasciitis - Athletic Injuries

What is plantar fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is an inflammation of the plantar fascia, which runs from the heel to the middle of the foot; it helps to absorb pressure when the foot is planted on the ground and supports the arch of the foot. This condition is common in long distance runners and walkers.

Symptoms of plantar fasciitis

Common symptoms include pain on the underside of the foot, especially in the heel; pain may be heightened when the foot is stretched or after long periods of rest. Other symptoms include restricted movement, which may cause some people to limp.

Treatment for plantar fasciitis

Most cases do not require treatment, although rest will speed up recovery. Other treatments may involve taking pain relief and using ice to reduce swelling.

Preventing plantar fasciitis

It is important to wear supportive footwear if you are taking part in an event which involves running for long periods of time; it may also be advisable to wear arch supports and heel seats. Physiotherapy will help professional athletes to increase strength in the plantar fascia and reduce the risk of injury in the future.

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