If your first few steps out of bed in the morning cause severe pain in the heel of your foot, you may have plantar fasciitis (fashee-EYE-tiss), an overuse injury that affects the sole of the foot. A diagnosis of plantar fasciitis means you have inflamed the tough, fibrous band of tissue (fascia) connecting your heel bone to t he base of your toes.
You're more likely to develop the condition if you're female, overweight or have a job that requires a lot of walking or standing on hard surfaces. You're also at risk if you walk or run for exercise, especially if you have tight calf muscles that limit how far you can flex your ankles. People with very flat feet or very high arches also are more prone to plantar fasciitis.
Below are listed a number of recent news articles about Plantar Fasciitis and how to find relief.
Tips and Tricks - Plantar Fasciitis
This is an interesting article and video on a New York-based online newspaper with some useful tips and tricks to help ease the pain caused by Plantar Fasciitis.
How to prevent Plantar Fasciitis
This Physiotherapy blog gives some good advice on how to prevent Plantar Fasciitis in the gym.
How to buy the best running shoes
This Fox News article gives some great advice of what to look for when buying new running shoes , and how this can help prevent foot problems such as plantar fasciitis.
Surgery for PF is used in around 5% of people whose symptoms do not improve, even after continuous treatment. However, the success rate is still only estimated at around 70-80%. In most cases now a procedure called a plantar fascia release is performed which releases (cuts) between 30 and 50% of the fascia's fibres. This helps to reduce the pull and stress on the bony attachment, as well as the fascia itself. Complications can include nerve damage, fallen arches, infection and ongoing symptoms. Recovery after surgery if successful is around 9 to 12 weeks before the patient may return to work. Read more on surgery .