Many adults experience foot pain, especially as we age. Momentary or temporary foot pain is no big deal, but when you are experiencing excruciating pain in your feet, particularly in your heel, you are going to need help. If you are experiencing heel pain, you may have a condition called plantar fasciitis. Here is more information about plantar fasciitis, and how it can be treated.
Agonizing Foot Pain in Your Heel
Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common causes of foot pain in adults. There is a thick stretchy band of tissue called the plantar fascia that anchors your heel to your toes, so it runs the length of your foot. If this tissue becomes irritated or inflamed, you can experience significant pain in your heel that spreads to your toes.
You are more likely to experience plantar fasciitis if you are overweight, if you are a runner, or if you wear shoes that don’t fit properly. Common symptoms of plantar fasciitis include sharp, stabbing pain with your first steps of the day that usually decreases over time. It can reappear the longer you stand on your feet, or if you get back up from sitting for a long time.
You can help the symptoms of plantar fasciitis by first making sure that all of your shoes fit properly. If you are a runner or a jogger, you need to make sure your shoes have enough cushioning and replace them often. There are inserts you can get to cushion your heel and prevent plantar fasciitis as well.