What is plantar fasciitis?
Plantar fasciitis is a common condition which causes pain in the underside of your heel. It is also known as 'jogger's heel', as it is often made worse by exercise, such as jogging.
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The primary symptom of plantar fasciitis is pain under the heel of your foot, especially first thing in the morning. The pain may radiate forward towards the sole of the foot. It may be worse after you have been resting.
Plantar fasciitis can be caused by standing on your feet all day, being overweight, activities such as running, and having flat feet or having high arching feet. The plantar fascia runs from your heel to the ball of your foot and can degenerate, putting it at …
Plantar fasciitis is most common in middle age and occurs more frequently in women. It is also more common in athletes, especially runners.
Your doctor can usually diagnose plantar fasciitis by taking your full medical history and examining your foot.
Useful first-line treatments for plantar fasciitis are: resting from the activities that may be causing it, applying ice to the heel and taking pain-relief medications, such as paracetamol and ibuprofen. For more severe pain, the use of foot orthotics, …
Most cases of plantar fasciitis go away within a year without treatment, and faster if treated.
Stretching your foot as often as possible throughout out the day and when you wake each morning will help with plantar fasciitis. An easy exercise to try out when you are seated is rolling a can or ball around in all directions with your …
Plantar fasciitis tends to resolve within a year. Foot orthotics and gentle stretching exercises may reduce the chance of it returning.