What is Plantar Fasciitis?
The plantar fascia is the ligament-like band off tissue that attaches from your heel to the ball of your foot.The plantar fascia pulls on the heel bone, raising the arch of your foot as it pushes off the ground. However, if your foot moves irregularly, the plantar fascia can get strained. A strained fascia may swell and the tiny fibers it’s composed of may begin to fray, resulting in plantar fasciitis.
What causes Plantar Fasciitis?
A heel spur is an extra bone that may grow near the area where the plantar fascia meet the heel. The heel spur may form due to the plantar fascia’s repeated tugging on the heel bone.
Bursitis is the swelling of the bursa, a fluid-filled sac that reduces friction and acts as a lubricant between a ligament and a bone. Bursitis can be caused by a swollen plantar fascia pressing up against a plantar bursa.
What are the symptoms of Plantar Fasciitis?
If the bottom of your foot hurts when you stand, particularly when you first get out of bed, you may be exhibiting signs of Plantar Fasciitis. Pain is typically focused on the inside of the foot, near the area where your arch and heel meet. Although the discomfort may lessen after your first few steps, it will return after a period of rest or with prolonged activity. If you are a Michigan resident and suspect that you have Plantar Fasciitis, please contact Dr. Young in the form below immediately.