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What is Plantar Fasciitis?

Image of Foot with Heel Pain

Heel pain, especially stabbing heel pain, is most often caused by plantar fasciitis, a condition that is sometimes also called heel spur syndrome when a spur is present. Heel pain may also be due to other causes, such as a stress fracture, tendonitis, arthritis, nerve irritation or, rarely, a cyst.

Causes of Plantar Fasciitis

Inflammation and pain in the fascia can be caused by:

  • An increase in activity level (like starting a walking or running program)

  • The structure or shape of the foot

  • The surface on which you are standing, walking or running

  • The type of shoes you are wearing

  • The weight you carry

Treatment Options for Plantar Fasciitis

  • Stretching and physical therapy

  • Icing and medication

  • Rest, activity modification, and orthotics

  • Shockwave therapy

  • Steroid injections

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