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Understanding Plantar Fasciitis -- Symptoms

What Are the Symptoms of Plantar Fasciitis?

The symptoms of plantar fasciitis include:

  • Pain in the bottom of your foot, especially at the front or center of the heel bone
  • Pain that is worse when first rising in the morning (called "first-step pain"), when first standing up after a long period of sitting, or after increased levels of activity, especially in non-supportive shoes

 

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Understanding Plantar Fasciitis -- the Basics

Plantar fasciitis is inflammation of the thick, fibrous band of tissue (''fascia'') that reaches from the heel to the toes, supporting the muscles and arch of the foot. When the plantar fascia is overly stretched, tiny tears can occur in its surface, causing inflammation and pain. While some people have attributed this type of pain to bony growths called heel spurs, it's now believed that heel spurs are a result of rather than a cause of the pain from plantar fasciitis.

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Call Your Doctor About Plantar Fasciitis If:

You have heel pain or pain in the bottom of your foot -- especially when you get up in the morning -- that does not respond to treatment or if there is redness or bruising in the heel

WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by David Zelman, MD on March 10, 2014

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