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Thepain that has the tendency to occur quite often in the foot regionand affect the person's heel is known as the conditionnamed plantar fasciitis. In addition to this name, it is also quitefamiliar under the name heel spur syndrome, that is in the case a spur ispresent. However, the ailment in question is not broughtabout by plantar fasciitis alone, but there exist a number offactors and culprits that also have the tendency of inducing pain inthis part of the person's body. They include the likes of a stressfracture, arthritis, tendonitis, irritation of the nerve, and also insome cases, but quite rarely, the presence of the cyst itself. Giventhe fact that more than one cause can be at the root of this specifictype of pain, making a proper diagnosis presents the mostimportant step that should be made at the onset of the treatmenttherapy so the end result would be satisfactory.

Forthis purpose, the best thing a person can and should do under suchcircumstances is to pay a foot and ankle surgeon a visit, since itis them that are regarded as the most acute and best skilled in thisregard, i.e. when it comes to properly distinguishing between all thepossible causes and factors that can be at the basis of the ongoingheel pain.


Thispain inducing heel related ailment actually represents one form of aninflammation that affects the tissue band (also known as the plantarfascia), which spreads all the way from the person's heel down to theperson's toes. Once the inflammation sets on, the fascia is the firstto be befallen by irritation, which ultimately succumbs to theinflammation itself, thus inducing a whole lot of quite intensive andunpleasant pain.


Havingthe most common culprits in mind, it is necessary to point out that those persons who experience certaincomplications due to the specific structure of their arches (eitherflat feet or high arched ones) are at the greater risk when it comes to coming down with plantar fasciitis. Mostfrequently occurring manifestations, which also point out to thepresence of the ailment in question include pain affecting the bottompart of the heel, as well as pain that tends to get more unbearableupon arising and the one that gains in intensity in the course oftime. Treatmentcan be either surgical or non-surgical in nature, which refers to stretching exercises, avoiding bare foot walking, ice, footwear alterations, medications, padding and strapping etc.

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