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My mother has foot pain. The pain is in the heal and arch area. Pain is worse when she first gets out of bed and walking daily. What could it be?

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Dr. Frank Holmes
Sports Medicine
5 doctors agree

In brief: Plantar fasciitis

Very common condition.
Treat initially with improved footwear, heel cups that can be purchased over-the-counter, weight loss and calf stretching. The internet can be a source for your stretching. However, i recommend against trying to stretch the plantar fascia itself. If not improving within 3-4 weeks, then it's time to see an orthopedic doctor.

In brief: Plantar fasciitis

Very common condition.
Treat initially with improved footwear, heel cups that can be purchased over-the-counter, weight loss and calf stretching. The internet can be a source for your stretching. However, i recommend against trying to stretch the plantar fascia itself. If not improving within 3-4 weeks, then it's time to see an orthopedic doctor.
Dr. Frank Holmes
Dr. Frank Holmes
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In brief: Plantar fasciitis

Several conservative treatments are usually very effective.
These would include: orthotics, cortisone injections and achilles stretching exercises.

In brief: Plantar fasciitis

Several conservative treatments are usually very effective.
These would include: orthotics, cortisone injections and achilles stretching exercises.
Dr. Angelo Mitsos
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Dr. David Laha
Podiatry
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In brief: Plantar fasciitis

You have to be aggressive with plantar fasciitis.
To treat, you have to decrease inflammation and support the foot. Ice daily with a frozen water bottle to the arch, non weight bearing calf stretches, antiinflammatories and cortione inj decrease the inflammation. Good shoes, extra arch support, no barefoot and limiting activity will help decrease the stress. See your podiatrist is persists. Dr l.

In brief: Plantar fasciitis

You have to be aggressive with plantar fasciitis.
To treat, you have to decrease inflammation and support the foot. Ice daily with a frozen water bottle to the arch, non weight bearing calf stretches, antiinflammatories and cortione inj decrease the inflammation. Good shoes, extra arch support, no barefoot and limiting activity will help decrease the stress. See your podiatrist is persists. Dr l.
Dr. David Laha
Dr. David Laha
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2 doctors agree

In brief: Plantar Fasciitis

By the description it sounds like plantar fasciitis.

In brief: Plantar Fasciitis

By the description it sounds like plantar fasciitis.
Dr. Arnold Beresh
Dr. Arnold Beresh
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In brief: Morning Pain

Morning discomfort and heel and arch pain are consistent symptoms of fascial strain or fascitis.
.. Night time splinting and asertive stretch are powerful combo therapies... No barefoot walkin in mornings good shoes and arch supports ice and ice massage help see your podiatrist for addtlminfo and further reccs !

In brief: Morning Pain

Morning discomfort and heel and arch pain are consistent symptoms of fascial strain or fascitis.
.. Night time splinting and asertive stretch are powerful combo therapies... No barefoot walkin in mornings good shoes and arch supports ice and ice massage help see your podiatrist for addtlminfo and further reccs !
Dr. Christopher Hendrix
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Dr. Robert Coats II
Orthopedic Surgery
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Plantar fasciitis

This condition is caused by tightness in the heel cord(achilies tendon).
Initial treatment consists of ice, nsaid's and stretching. Foot inserts which pad the heel and/or correct foot mal-alignment (i.e. Flat foot) may be necessary. Night splints, therapy and steroids are more advanced treatments. I had this myself for about a year. Be patient.

In brief: Plantar fasciitis

This condition is caused by tightness in the heel cord(achilies tendon).
Initial treatment consists of ice, nsaid's and stretching. Foot inserts which pad the heel and/or correct foot mal-alignment (i.e. Flat foot) may be necessary. Night splints, therapy and steroids are more advanced treatments. I had this myself for about a year. Be patient.
Dr. Robert Coats II
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Dr. Robert Leland
Orthopedic Surgery - Foot & Ankle
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In brief: Plantar fascitis

"start up" pain in the heel and arch is often caused by plantar fascitis.
This can usually be resolved with stretching, over the counter arch supports, deep tissue work and anti-inflammatories.

In brief: Plantar fascitis

"start up" pain in the heel and arch is often caused by plantar fascitis.
This can usually be resolved with stretching, over the counter arch supports, deep tissue work and anti-inflammatories.
Dr. Robert Leland
Dr. Robert Leland
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In brief: Heel pain

This could represent plantar fasciatiis and heel pain syndrome.

In brief: Heel pain

This could represent plantar fasciatiis and heel pain syndrome.
Dr. Farshad Bathaee
Dr. Farshad Bathaee
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