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How do I know if I have plantar fasciitis or my heel infected?

How do I know if I have plantar fasciitis or my heel infected?

Plantar fasciitis.: The most common cause of heel pain is plantar fasciitis: an inflammation of a thick band of tissue that helps hold up the arch of your foot. It attaches to your heel bone, and is usually the most painful for the first few steps in the morning, or after sitting a long time and then standing quickly. See your podiatrist to rule out stress fracture, infection, or tarsal tunnel syndrome. ...Read more

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Dr. Jeffrey Kass
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Plantar Fasciitis (Definition)

Pain at the area where the band of tissue referred to as the plantar fascia on the bottom of the foot inserts into the heel bone. Too much tension brings on pain. Wearing flat shoes, going barefoot on hard surfaces can be some of the causes that bring this pain. Do not let it linger too long. Can last for months. Pain mostly when standing up ...Read more


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I have plantar fasciitis on my left heel. It started 6 weeks ago after running a series of sprints with "barefoot" shoes. I typically do sprint workout 3 times a week with better padding. Since it has not healed How long to discontinue sprinting?

I have plantar fasciitis on my left heel.  It started 6 weeks ago after running a series of sprints with "barefoot" shoes. I typically do sprint workout 3 times a week with better padding.  Since it has not healed  How long to discontinue sprinting?

Ask your doctor: especially if your not healing well. Get a second opinion from a podiatrist to see what the cause is. If calcification's present from a heel spur, then you may need to have it lasered. Probably won't go away on its own. Always get 2nd opinion. You may have more going on than you think! So see a doctor soon. Good luck! ...Read more

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I have plantar fasciitis and heel spurs. Im in pain, had to move real fast, I felt a pop in my foot and it radiated severe pain. I iced it..Help!?

Possible rupture: Your history suggest a rupture (large tear) of the plantar fascia. See your ortho or sports doc for further evaluation. After an x-ray to make sure there's no fracture, a cast or boot is often used in treatment. ...Read more

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I have plantar fasciitis and my heel and arch hurts but now the side of my foot hurts as well. Is this unusual?

I have plantar fasciitis and my heel and arch hurts but now the side of my foot hurts as well. Is this unusual?

NO: You're walking differently to avoid the painful area, thus putting undue pressure on other areas of the foot. ...Read more

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I have plantar fasciitis and when i roll my heel with a golf ball i feel bumps/knots? Nothing visible to the eye, only when rolling. What are these?

Plantar fasciitis : plantar fascia is the flat band of tissue (ligament) that connects your heel bone to your toes. It supports the arch of your foot. If you strain your plantar fascia, it gets weak, swollen, irritated, inflamed. You are feeling that swollen, inflamed ligament. ...Read more

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How do you cure plantar fasciitis (heel pain)?

How do you cure plantar fasciitis (heel pain)?

Plantar fasciitis: Best managed with stretching your arch and soft supportive orthotics/shoe inserts. Night splints can sometimes be of benefit. Cortisone injections are also popular and effective. There has been recent interest in platelet rich plasma injections. Avoid surgery if possible. ...Read more

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Difference between a heel spur or plantar fasciitis?

Heel spur : Is a projection of bone on the bottom part of the heel. Plantar fascitiis is a broad banded ligament that originates from the bottom of the heel and supports the arch. The symptoms and treatment are virtually the same. ...Read more

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What can be done for heel pain in the morning?   possibly plantar fasciitis.

What can be done for heel pain in the morning?   possibly plantar fasciitis.

S-T-R-E-T-C-H: Stretch your feet and calf muscles. Flap you feet up and down before you get up in the morning or after you've been sitting awhile. Avoid pounding your heels: no walking in bare feet or wearing flat shoes. Use gel heel cup inserts. No high-impact activities [jogging, jumping]. Ice your heels up to 20 minutes, 4 times a day [can roll foot over frozen oj concentrate can]. ...Read more

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