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Plantar Fasciitis


Plantar fasciitis is a condition that causes foot and heel pain. The plantar fascia is a tough band of tissue that runs across the bottom of the foot from the heel to the toes. This tissue pulls on the heel bone. It supports the arch of the foot as it pushes off the ground. If the tissue becomes irritated or red and swollen (inflamed), it is called plantar fasciitis.

What causes plantar fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis most often occurs from overusing the plantar fascia. The tissue may become damaged from activities that put repeated stress on the heel and foot. Or it may wear down over time with age and ankle stiffness. You are more likely to have plantar fasciitis if you:

  • Do activities that require a lot of running, jumping, or dancing
  • Have new or increase activity
  • Have a job that requires being on your feet for long periods
  • Are overweight or obese
  • Have certain foot problems, such as a tight Achilles tendon, flat feet, or high arches
  • Often wear poorly fitting shoes

Symptoms of plantar fasciitis

The condition most often causes pain in the heel and the bottom of the foot. The pain may occur when you take your first steps in the morning. It may get better as you walk throughout the day. But as you continue to put weight on the foot, the pain often returns. Pain may also occur after standing or sitting for long periods.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, call:

  • SBL Bonutti Clinic at 217 342-3400, or
  • SBL Orthopedics & Sports Medicine at 217 238-3435

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