Plantar fasciitis and Achilles tendonitis are two common, chronic pain conditions of the foot.This pain can be debilitating, as it inhibits the ability to stand, walk, and move. Plantar fasciitis is the most common cause of heel pain and it usually presents itself in people 40 years of age or older, overweight, sedentary or with intense physical activity. It is caused by the over-stretching of the plantar fascia, which is a band of connective tissue that extends to the base of the phalanges. This produces micro-tears most commonly in its origin to the medial tuberosity of the calcaneus which causes an inflammatory process and pain. This pain usually occurs when the person gets up in the morning after sleeping or after sitting for a long period of time. That is when the fascia is stretched after being in a contracted position.

Increasing your mileage or workout intensity could be a cause for the sudden pain. Strengthening and stretching your Achilles and feet are an important part of treatment and prevention, but may not be a cure for pain. Many runners self-diagnose plantar fasciitis, but if chronic pain persists, then it is important to see a doctor and make sure you diagnose and treat the injury correctly.

In addition to reducing your mileage or workout volume or resting, at Go Ortho we recommend freezing a can of soda and rolling it under your foot, proper inserts in your shoes, stretching, and anti-inflammatory medications.

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