Plantar Fasciitis AKA Heel Spur Syndrome
This is an inflammation of the ligament called the plantar fascia, running along the arch of your feet from your heel to your toes. This ligament becomes strained, "over-used", or acutely torn. Pain tends to be increased in the morning when first getting out of bed, when starting to walk after sitting for awhile or following an increase in activity. This is caused by the ligament repeatedly becoming torn as your body weight is placed on the painful foot. A spur is often seen on x-ray, but is not the true reason of the pain. Many times a heel spur may be seen on X-rays as an incidental finding, with the patient never having experienced heel pain in the past. There are times when an X-ray is taken of a heel pain sufferer and there is NOT a heel spur noted.
This painful condition is successfully treated by conservative methods. In 95% of heel pain sufferers the pain is eliminated within 6 months of treatment. The following steps may also be taken to help ensure a successful treatment and alleviate discomfort.
Surgical correction may be utilized only if conservative modalities fail.