Frequently Asked Questions about Foot Pain:
My doctor told me that I have plantar fascitis. What is plantar fascitis?
Plantar fasciitis is the chronic irritation and inflammation of the thick connective tissue which runs the length of the bottom of the foot.
What causes it?
This condition is similar to tennis elbow in that it is an overuse type syndrome usually facilitated by ineffective foot support.
What can I do to reduce the pain?
You can begin by massaging the area with ice. Ice treatments can be repeated as much as possible, but primarily at the end of the day. Next, you should perform stretches (similar to calf stretches) as often as possible, especially in the morning. Also, you can use a tennis ball to massage the bottom of your foot simply by rolling the ball using your arch. Your workout routine should be altered so that you cross-train to non-impact activity such as biking or swimming. Finally, your doctor might prescribe anti-inflammatory medications and/or orthotic arch supports which should be used according to instructions.
What activities should I avoid?
Most importantly, avoid high impact activities such as jogging, basketball, etc. Also, try and decrease the amount of time spent walking on hard surfaces and do not walk barefoot.
How long will the symptoms persist?
This, of course, is patient dependent. Due to the chronic nature of plantar fascitis the problem may last a few weeks or even a few months. The recovery and healing process depends greatly on patient compliance to physician instructions.
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