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The Most Common Symptoms of Plantar Fasciitis

There are several symptoms of plantar fasciitis, and some symptoms coincide with other conditions, too. Before you go in to see a doctor for your condition, it would help to determine exactly what symptoms you have. If you know what to look for, it’s easier to determine whether your symptoms align with plantar fasciitis.

So, what are the most common symptoms of plantar fasciitis? Let’s take a look….

Pain on the Bottom of the Heel

This is the most common kind of heel pain and is usually caused by plantar fasciitis. Other causes can exist, but those with plantar fasciitis often describe their heel pain with the following specifics:

  • Pain occurs for no apparent reason
  • Pain is worst in the morning during the first few minutes of walking around
  • Pain is sharp or searing
  • Pain feels like a tearing sensation in the bottom of the heel
  • Pain is worse when standing up after sitting for a long time
  • Throbbing pain after sitting or lying down
  • Soreness radiating up the leg
  • Pain extends to the arch of the foot

Paying attention to which of these specifics describe your particular heel pain can help a great deal with diagnosis if and when you do go in to see a doctor. It can also help the doctor to determine whether it’s plantar fasciitis or a less common condition.

Pain in the Arch of the Foot

Arch pain, also referred to as arch strain, is caused when the plantar fascia is stretched away from the heel excessively. This occurs a lot in people with flat feet. Arch pain can feel like burning or a stabbing pain, making it unpleasant to deal with.
The most common recommendation, especially for people with flat feet, is to use orthotics and keep heeled shoes to a minimum. In more severe cases, custom orthotics are the best way to go.

Worse Pain After Rest

One of the best things to pay attention to when trying to determine whether you have plantar fasciitis or not is when your feet hurt. If you have pain on the bottom of your heel and/or in the arch of your foot, take some time to note exactly when the pain is worst.
If the pain is worse in the morning when you first put weight on your feet, it begins to get better after a few minutes of walking, but then it gets progressively worse throughout the day, you might have plantar fasciitis. Stretching or activity can help alleviate some of this pain, although high-impact activity could make it worse.

Increasing Pain

Plantar fasciitis becomes worse when the condition is agitated through doing the same high-impact or stressful activities repeatedly, thus the alternate name of jogger’s heel. When people jog, run, or even walk on pavement, sidewalks, gym floors, or other hard, flat surfaces, it stresses the plantar fascia, our foot’s natural shock absorber.
It could take a while for plantar fasciitis to begin showing obvious symptoms, and if the same activity is repeated for a long time before symptoms are noted, it can aggravate the condition. If your pain has progressively gotten worse over the course of weeks or months, it might be a good idea to change what you’re doing… and see a doctor.
Here at Milwaukee Foot and Ankle Specialists, we’re here to help alleviate your pain.

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