Stretching is top treatment, say orthopaedic foot and ankle MDs
ROSEMONT, Ill. (Aug. 23, 2013) – There it is again: that heel pain you feel when you first get up in the morning. If you have persistent pain in the heel after periods of rest or after exercising, you may have plantar fasciitis, an inflammation of the fibrous band of tissue that connects your heel bone to the base of your toes.
Some people are more prone to plantar fasciitis, say orthopaedic foot and ankle MDs, including women, people who are overweight and workers who spend a lot of time walking or standing on hard surfaces. People with very flat feet or very high arches also are more prone to plantar fasciitis.
The condition typically starts gradually with mild pain at the heel bone. Over time, plantar fasciitis can become a chronic condition if left untreated. If you’ve been diagnosed with plantar fasciitis, treatment typically includes changing your activity to allow your foot to rest and stretching after the initial inflammation has gone down.
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The AOFAS promotes quality, ethical and cost-effective patient care through the education, research and training of orthopaedic surgeons and other health care providers. The Society creates public awareness for the prevention and treatment of foot and ankle disorders, provides leadership, and serves as a resource for government and industry as well as the national and international health care communities.
About Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Surgeons
Orthopaedic foot and ankle surgeons are medical doctors (MD and DO) who specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of musculoskeletal disorders and injuries of the foot and ankle. Orthopaedic foot and ankle surgeons use medical, physical and rehabilitative methods as well as surgery to treat patients of all ages. Relying on four years of medical school training, five years of post-graduate training and often a fellowship in orthopaedic foot and ankle care, orthopaedic foot and ankle surgeons perform reconstructive procedures, treat sports injuries, and manage and treat trauma of the foot and ankle.
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