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Plantar Fasciitis

Causes Of Plantar Fasciitis

This is one of the most common causes of heel pain.  A thick band of tissue, called the plantar fascia, that runs across the bottom of your foot and connects your heel bone to your toes becomes inflamed and painful.

The condition occurs mainly in runners, dancers and the older adult, and is often associated with a biomechanical foot abnormality. In addition to this limited ankle joint movement, tight leg muscles, being overweight and non supportive footwear are all risk factors.

Signs And Symptoms

Plantar fasciitis commonly causes stabbing pain that usually occurs with your very first steps in the morning. Once your foot limbers up, the pain of plantar fasciitis normally decreases, but it may return after long periods of activity, standing or after getting up from a seated position.

Ignoring plantar fasciitis may result in chronic heel pain that hinders your regular activities. If you change the way you walk to minimize plantar fasciitis pain, you might also develop foot, knee, hip or back problems.

Most people who have plantar fasciitis recover with specialised conservative treatments  in 6 weeks to a few months depending on the severity and cause.


Shockwave therapy is one of the treatment options available to alleviate the pain associated with Plantar Fasciitis.

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