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The plantar fascia is a structure under the foot that connects the heel to the metatarsophalangeal joints (MTPJs) or commonly called the ‘balls of the feet’. Plantar fasciitis refers to inflammation of the fascia that produces symptoms.
The typical location of symptoms are where the fascia inserts into the heel bone, or just in front of this. Patients often report symptoms on standing first thing in the morning or after long periods of rest, as well as after long walks.
The thickness of the fascia can be measured using imaging for a firm diagnosis and can also help spot a tear or rupture of the fascia.
There are a number of treatment options available, although understanding the level of damage involved, how long (chronic or acute) symptoms have been present, and having detailed patient history and medications will help with the choice of appropriate treatments.
Treatments aim to reduce pain, reduce the aggravating mechanical load, and facilitate healing. Common treatments include:
Often a combination of the above treatments are used. Your podiatrist can discuss and help guide you through a suitable treatment plan.
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Thoughts and advice on foot health care from the Podogo team.