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A common ailment associated with the foot is painful heel pain with the first steps out of bed in the morning. This sharp pain that usually develops gradually has been commonly known as "heel spurs". Some patients may have even seen an X-ray of this condition and have noticed the large bony prominence from the bottom portion of the front part of the heel bone and said, "Ouch, that just looks painful!". In actuality it is not usually that bony prominence that is causing the pain. The pain is coming from the thick band of tissue, called the plantar fascia, that attaches to that bony prominence and runs from there out to the balls of the feet. The problem occurs when that band becomes too tight and inflamed. With every step, that tightened band of tissue tells the local pain receptors, "OUCH!".
Plantar fasciitis is a painful situation. Runners, people in improper shoes, and pregnant women are all highly susceptible to this condition. Some may remember Eli Manning of the New York Giants having to miss playing time because of his plantar fasciitis. Currently, The Chicago Bulls' Joakim Noah has been sidelined for plantar fasciitis as well. It is a painful condition that has a long recovery period.
The painful first steps out of bed is the hallmark symptom of this condition. The sharp, stabbing pain tends to get better as the foot relaxes and loosens up through out the day. Long periods of standing or rising from a seated position after resting for awhile can also trigger the pain. The first steps in treating the pain are resting when possible, a stretching regimen, icing for some, orthotics, and NSAIDs such as aspirin or naproxen.
We are ready to help you conquer this painful situation. Make sure to call and schedule an appointment today. Plantar fasciitis is long lasting condition and the sooner you treat it, the sooner the pain can go away!

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